leave of absence

noun phrase

Definition of leave of absence

1 : permission to be absent from duty or employment

First Known Use of leave of absence

1756, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of leave of absence was in 1756

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“Leave of absence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leave%20of%20absence. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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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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