leave of absence

noun phrase

Definition of leave of absence

1 : permission to be absent from duty or employment

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1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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leave of absence

noun

English Language Learners Definition of leave of absence

: permission to be away from a job for a period of time
: a period of time when someone has special permission to be away from a job

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