leave of absence

noun phrase

: permission to be absent from duty or employment

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Following the backlash, Garg apologized and later took a leave of absence. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2023 The fill-in request from the school’s athletic director, Dewitt Doss, prompted by coach Donald Goodman’s leave of absence, was taken on a bit reluctantly by Dantzler, the 15-year basketball coach who has only watched baseball. Glenn Graham, Baltimore Sun, 13 Apr. 2023 Wu Xiaohui, then chairman of Anbang Insurance Group, goes on a mysterious leave of absence. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 27 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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 7 Jun. 2023.

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