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leave

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of leave

  1. 1 a period during which the usual routine of school or work is suspended <the soldier was on leave for three days before having to report back to base> Synonyms break, holiday [chiefly British], hols [British], vacation, recessRelated Words sabbatical; furlough, liberty; breather, relaxation, respite, rest; interim, intermission, interval; feast, holy day, legal holiday; idling, loafing, lounging, slacking

  2. 2 the approval by someone in authority for the doing of something <the editor gave the reporters leave to follow up on their initial investigation of the senator's fund-raising practices> Synonyms allowance, authorization, clearance, concurrence, consent, granting, green light, permission, license (or licence), sanction, sufferance, warrantRelated Words imprimatur, seal, signature, stamp; accreditation, certification; liberty, pass; concession, patent, permit; tolerance, toleration; acceptance, acquiescence, agreement, assent, OK (or okay); accord, grantNear Antonyms denial, refusal, rejection, revocation; taboo (also tabu); injunction, veto; deterrence, discouragement, repression, suppression; ban, embargo, exclusionAntonyms interdiction, prohibition, proscription

  3. 3 the act of leaving a place <the party was clearly dying down, and it was time to take our leave> Synonyms decamping, decampment, departing, exit, exiting, farewell, going, departure, leave-taking, lighting out, outgo, parting, quitting, walking outRelated Words flight, retirement, retreat, running away, withdrawal; diaspora, emigration, evacuation, exodus; embarkation, embarkment; disembarkation, egress; abandonment, forsaking, relinquishmentNear Antonyms coming; approach, entrance, ingressAntonyms advent, appearance, arrival




leave

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of leave

  1. 1 to cause to remain behind <you can leave your lunch in the refrigerator while we're outside> <starry-eyed lovers who promise never to leave one another> Synonyms abandon, desert, forsake, maroon, quit, strand Related Words discard, ditch, dump, fling, jettison, junk, scrap, shed, shuck (off), throw away, throw out; deliver, give up, hand over, relinquish, surrender, yield; escape, retreat (from), take off (from), vacate, withdraw (from); abjure, cut off, disown, reject, renounce, repudiate, separate (from); sacrifice; distance; disregard, forget, ignore, neglect Phrases walk away from, walk out on Near Antonyms harbor, have, hold, keep, own, possess, reserve, retain, withhold; redeem, rescue, save Antonyms reclaim

  2. 2 to give by means of a will <I'm going to leave all of my possessions to my children> Synonyms bequeath, will Related Words deed; hand down, hand on, pass (down); devise

  3. 3 to give up (a job or office) <he left his job in the city and moved out into the country> Synonyms bag, chuck, quit, resign (from), retire (from), step aside (from), step down (from)Related Words abandon, vacate; drop out (of), throw upNear Antonyms hire (out or on)Antonyms stay (at)

  4. 4 to put (something) into the possession or safekeeping of another <why don't you leave your watch with me while you swim?> Synonyms commend, commit, confide, consign, delegate, deliver, entrust (also intrust), give over, hand, hand over, give, pass, recommend, repose, transfer, transmit, trust, turn over, vestRelated Words confer, grant; assign, deal (out), dispense, disperse, distribute, divide; hand in, release, relinquish, submit, surrender, turn in, yield; bequeath, hand down, hand on, will; advance, lend, loan; furnish, supply; recommit, redeliver, regive, retransfer, retransmitNear Antonyms detain, hold back, reserve, withhold; own, possess; accept, receive, take in; occupy, take, take overAntonyms hold, keep, retain

  5. 5 to end a usually intimate relationship with <is there ever a good way to leave a lover?> Synonyms blow off, break off (with), dump, jilt, kiss off, ditchRelated Words brush (aside or off), cold-shoulder, cut, high-hat, slight, snub; abandon, desert, forsake, maroon, quitNear Antonyms hook up (with), take; befriend, latch (on or onto)

  6. 6 to give permission to <aw, leave him come> Synonyms allow, let, permitRelated Words authorize, commission, empower, license (also licence); approve, endorse (also indorse), sanction; free, liberate, release; cater (to), give in (to), humor, indulgeNear Antonyms deter, discourage; bar, block, constrain, curb, frustrate, hold back, impede, inhibit, obstruct, preventAntonyms enjoin, forbid, prohibit





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