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



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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