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leave         

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      vb   , leaves, leaving, left   mainly tr  
1    also intr   to go or depart (from a person or place)  
2    to cause to remain behind, often by mistake, in a place  
he often leaves his keys in his coat     
3    to cause to be or remain in a specified state  
paying the bill left him penniless     
4    to renounce or abandon  
to leave a political movement     
5    to refrain from consuming or doing something  
the things we have left undone     
6    to result in; cause  
childhood problems often leave emotional scars     
7    to allow to be or remain subject to another person or thing  
leave the past to look after itself     
8    to entrust or commit  
leave the shopping to her     
9    to submit in place of one's personal appearance  
will you leave your name and address?     
10    to pass in a specified direction  
flying out of the country, we left the cliffs on our left     
11    to be survived by (members of one's family)  
he leaves a wife and two children     
12    to bequeath or devise  
he left his investments to his children     
13    tr   to have as a remainder  
37 -- 14 leaves 23     
14    Not standard   to permit; let  
15    leave be  
Informal   to leave undisturbed  
16    leave go or hold of  
Not standard   to stop holding  
17    leave it at that  
Informal   to take a matter no further  
18    leave much to be desired   to be very unsatisfactory  
19    leave (someone) alone  
a      (Also)    let alone      See       let   1       7  
b    to permit to stay or be alone  
20    leave someone to himself   not to control or direct someone,   (See also)        leave behind       leave off       leave out  
     (Old English læfan; related to belifan to be left as a remainder)  
  leaver      n  
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leave          [2]  
      n  
1    permission to do something  
he was granted leave to speak     
2    by or with your leave   with your permission  
3    permission to be absent, as from a place of work or duty  
leave of absence     
4    the duration of such absence  
ten days' leave     
5    a farewell or departure (esp. in the phrase take (one's) leave)  
6    on leave   officially excused from work or duty  
7    take leave (of)   to say farewell (to)  
8    take leave of one's senses   to go mad or become irrational  
     (Old English leaf; related to alyfan to permit, Middle High German loube permission)  

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leave          [3]  
      vb   , leaves, leaving, leaved   intr   to produce or grow leaves  

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leave         

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      vb  
1    abandon, abscond, decamp, depart, desert, disappear, do a bunk     (Brit. slang)   exit, flit     (informal)   forsake, go, go away, hook it     (slang)   make tracks, move, pack one's bags     (informal)   pull out, quit, relinquish, retire, set out, sling one's hook     (Brit. slang)   slope off, take off     (informal)   withdraw  
2    forget, lay down, leave behind, mislay  
3    cause, deposit, generate, produce, result in  
4    abandon, cease, desert, desist, drop, evacuate, forbear, give up, refrain, relinquish, renounce, stop, surrender  
5    allot, assign, cede, commit, consign, entrust, give over, refer  
6    bequeath, demise, devise     (Law)   hand down, transmit, will  
  
Antonyms     
   appear, arrive, assume, come, continue, emerge, hold, persist, remove, retain, stay  

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leave          [2]  
      n  
1    allowance, authorization, concession, consent, dispensation, freedom, liberty, permission, sanction  
2    furlough, holiday, leave of absence, sabbatical, time off, vacation  
3    adieu, departure, farewell, goodbye, leave-taking, parting, retirement, withdrawal  
  
Antonyms     
  
1    denial, prohibition, refusal, rejection  
2    duty  
3    arrival, stay  

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
vi.
leave abruptly; cancel suddenly
[Slang] Unfortunately, my friends bailed on me tonight. If you keep talking about that, I'm gonna bail.
v.
leave without paying (in a restaurant for example)
[Slang] aka: dine and dash
exp.
go away idiot, fool ; leave me alone idiot, fool ; fuck you idiot, fool ; fuck off idiot, fool.
[Slang];[Vulg.]
n.
feeling of emptiness experienced by parents after the children leave their home
[Psych.]
exp.
disappear ; be absent; leave (temporary or for good)
E.g. "Now, that the parents are out of the picture, we can throw a party". (meaning=Now, that the parents left, that they are no longer here) "James is out of the picture, him and Mary split up"
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