verb (used with object), left, leaving.
to go out of or away from, as a place:
to leave the house.
to depart from permanently; quit:
to leave a job.
to let remain or have remaining behind after going, disappearing, ceasing, etc.:
I left my wallet home. The wound left a scar.
to allow to remain in the same place, condition, etc.:
Is there any coffee left?
to let stay or be as specified:
to leave a door unlocked.
to let (a person or animal) remain in a position to do something without interference:
We left him to his work.
to let (a thing) remain for action or decision:
We left the details to the lawyer.
to give in charge; deposit; entrust:
Leave the package with the receptionist. I left my name and phone number.
to stop; cease; give up:
He left music to study law.
to disregard; neglect:
We will leave this for the moment and concentrate on the major problem.
to give for use after one’s death or departure:
to leave all one’s money to charity.
to have remaining after death:
He leaves a wife and three children.
to have as a remainder after subtraction:
2 from 4 leaves 2.
Nonstandard. 1 (defs 1, 2, 6).
verb (used without object), left, leaving.
to go away, depart, or set out:
We leave for Europe tomorrow.
leave alone. (def 7).
leave out, to omit; exclude:
She left out an important detail in her account.
permission to do something:
to beg leave to go elsewhere.
permission to be absent, as from work or military duty:
The firm offers a maternity leave as part of its benefit program.
the time this permission lasts:
30 days’ leave.
a parting; departure; farewell:
He took his leave before the formal ceremonies began. We took leave of them after dinner.
Metallurgy. (def 23).
Bowling. the pin or pins in upright position after the bowl of the first ball.
verb (used without object), leaved, leaving.
to put forth leaves; leaf.
verb (mainly transitive) leaves, leaving, left
(also intransitive) to go or depart (from a person or place)
to cause to remain behind, often by mistake, in a place: he often leaves his keys in his coat
to cause to be or remain in a specified state: paying the bill left him penniless
to renounce or abandon: to leave a political movement
to refrain from consuming or doing something: the things we have left undone
to result in; cause: childhood problems often leave emotional scars
to allow to be or remain subject to another person or thing: leave the past to look after itself
to entrust or commit: leave the shopping to her
to submit in place of one’s personal appearance: will you leave your name and address?
to pass in a specified direction: flying out of the country, we left the cliffs on our left
to be survived by (members of one’s family): he leaves a wife and two children
to bequeath or devise: he left his investments to his children
(transitive) to have as a remainder: 37 – 14 leaves 23
(not standard) to permit; let
(informal) leave be, to leave undisturbed
(not standard) leave go, leave hold of, to stop holding
(informal) leave it at that, to take a matter no further
leave much to be desired, to be very unsatisfactory
leave someone alone
leave someone to himself, not to control or direct someone
permission to do something: he was granted leave to speak
by your leave, with your leave, with your permission
permission to be absent, as from a place of work or duty: leave of absence
the duration of such absence: ten days’ leave
a farewell or departure (esp in the phrase take (one’s) leave)
on leave, officially excused from work or duty
take leave, to say farewell (to)
take leave of one’s senses, to go mad or become irrational
verb leaves, leaving, leaved
(intransitive) to produce or grow leaves
Old English læfan “to let remain; remain; have left; bequeath,” from Proto-Germanic *laibijan (cf. Old Frisian leva “to leave,” Old Saxon farlebid “left over”), causative of *liban “remain,” (cf. Old English belifan, German bleiben, Gothic bileiban “to remain”), from root *laf- “remnant, what remains,” from PIE *leip- “to stick, adhere;” also “fat.”
The Germanic root has only the sense “remain, continue,” which also is in Greek lipares “persevering, importunate.” But this usually is regarded as a development from the primary PIE sense of “adhere, be sticky” (cf. Lithuanian lipti, Old Church Slavonic lipet “to adhere,” Greek lipos “grease,” Sanskrit rip-/lip- “to smear, adhere to.” Seemingly contradictory meaning of “depart” (early 13c.) comes from notion of “to leave behind” (as in to leave the earth “to die;” to leave the field “retreat”).
“permission,” Old English leafe “leave, permission, license,” dative and accusative of leaf “permission,” from West Germanic *lauba (cf. Old Norse leyfi “permission,” Old Saxon orlof, Old Frisian orlof, German Urlaub “leave of absence”), from PIE *leubh- “to care, desire, love, approve” (see love (n.)). Cognate with Old English lief “dear,” the original idea being “approval resulting from pleasure.” Cf. love, believe. In military sense, it is attested from 1771.
- Leave a calling card
verb phrase To defecate in a public or inappropriate place: after a passing horse had left its calling card on the street (1940s+)
- Leave a lot to be desired
Also, leave a great deal or much to be desired. Be imperfect or unsatisfactory. For example, His account of the election leaves a lot to be desired. This usage can also be put in a more positive way, that is, leave nothing to be desired, meaning “to be perfectly satisfactory,” as in His account leaves […]
- Leave a strip
verb phrase To brake or decelerate a car very rapidly, so as to leave black rubber marks on the pavement (1950s+ Hot rodders)
[leevd] /livd/ adjective 1. having ; leafed. [leev] /liv/ verb (used with object), left, leaving. 1. to go out of or away from, as a place: to leave the house. 2. to depart from permanently; quit: to leave a job. 3. to let remain or have remaining behind after going, disappearing, ceasing, etc.: I left […]