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leave

verb

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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

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2 to give by means of a will
  • I'm going to leave all of my possessions to my children

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3 to give up (a job or office)
  • he left his job in the city and moved out into the country

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  • hire (out or on)

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4 to put (something) into the possession or safekeeping of another
  • why don't you leave your watch with me while you swim?

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5 to end a usually intimate relationship with
  • is there ever a good way to leave a lover?

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6 to give permission to
  • aw, leave him come

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leave

noun

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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

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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

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3 the act of leaving a place
  • the party was clearly dying down, and it was time to take our leave

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The first known use of leave was before the 12th century

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“Leave.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/leave. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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