To leave is to go away or exit. You can leave the country, the house, or a job.

This has many meanings, most having to do with departing. Getting permission to take time off from work is taking a leave of absence. To not disturb something is to leave it alone. To abandon or forget something is to leave it behind. Giving someone leave to do something is giving them permission. Leaving can mean transmitting or passing on skills. Also, you can leave things to people in a will: you grandfather might leave you his favorite cufflinks.

Primary Meanings of leave

go away from a place
the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty
go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness
leave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking
permission to do something
Full Definitions of leave

v go away from a place

“At what time does your train leave?”
“She didn't leave until midnight”
“The ship leaves at midnight”
go away, go forth
exit, get out, go out
move out of or depart from
depart, pull up stakes
remove oneself from an association with or participation in
arrive, come, get
reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress
reach and board
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go out
leave the house to go somewhere
leave behind
depart, quit, take leave
go away or leave
pop off
leave quickly
walk away, walk off
go away from
leave as fast as possible
walk out
leave abruptly, often in protest or anger
come away
leave in a certain condition
decamp, skip, vamoose
leave suddenly
buzz off, get, scram
leave immediately; used usually in the imperative form
beetle off, bolt, bolt out, run off, run out
leave suddenly and as if in a hurry
ride away, ride off
ride away on a horse, for example
go out
take the field
linger, tarry
leave slowly and hesitantly
depart, part, set forth, set off, set out, start, start out, take off
get out, pull out
move out or away
rush away, rush off
depart in a hurry
break away, bunk, escape, fly the coop, head for the hills, hightail it, lam, run, run away, scarper, scat, take to the woods, turn tail
flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
slip away, sneak away, sneak off, sneak out, steal away
leave furtively and stealthily
abandon, empty, vacate
leave behind empty; move out of
walk out of
leave, usually as an expression of disapproval
depart after obtaining formal permission
beat a retreat
depart hastily
lift off, take off
depart from the ground
roar off
blaze, blaze out
move rapidly and as if blazing
sally forth, sally out
set out in a sudden, energetic or violent manner
plump out
depart suddenly
flee, fly, take flight
run away quickly
run away, as if in a panic
break camp, decamp
leave a camp
go on a date with

v move out of or depart from

leave the room”
“the fugitive has left the country”
exit, get out, go out
go away, go forth
go away from a place
come in, enter, get in, get into, go in, go into, move into
to come or go into
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depart, go, go away
move away from a place into another direction
pop out
exit briefly
file out
march out, in a file
get off, hop out
get out of quickly
fall out
leave (a barracks) in order to take a place in a military formation, or leave a military formation
get off
leave a vehicle, aircraft, etc.
step out
go outside a room or building for a short period of time
leave an aircraft rapidly, using an ejection seat or capsule
move out of a dock
log off, log out
exit a computer
blow, shove along, shove off
leave; informal or rude
leave a train
get off an airplane
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move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v remove oneself from an association with or participation in

“She wants to leave
“The teenager left home”
“She left her position with the Red Cross”
“He left the Senate after two terms”
depart, pull up stakes
go away, go forth
go away from a place
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leave office, quit, resign, step down
give up or retire from a position
drop out
leave school or an educational program prematurely
give up, renounce, resign, vacate
leave (a job, post, or position) voluntarily
go into retirement; stop performing one's work or withdraw from one's position
top out
give up one's career just as one becomes very successful
lose office or power
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undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

n the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty

“a ten day's leave to visit his mother”
leave of absence
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a temporary leave of absence from military duty
(military) a written leave of absence
compassionate leave
(military) leave granted in an emergency such as family sickness or death
sabbatical, sabbatical leave
a leave usually taken every seventh year
liberty, shore leave
leave granted to a sailor or naval officer
sick leave
a leave of absence from work because of illness
terminal leave
final leave before discharge from military service
sabbatical year
a sabbatical leave lasting one year
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time off
a time period when you are not required to work

n the act of departing politely

“he took his leave
farewell, leave-taking, parting
the act of saying farewell
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departure, going, going away, leaving
the act of departing

v go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness

“She left a mess when she moved out”
“His good luck finally left him”
“her husband left her after 20 years of marriage”
“she wept thinking she had been left behind”
leave behind unintentionally
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cast aside capriciously or unfeelingly
abandon, desert, desolate, forsake
leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch
abandon by leaving out in the open air
walk out
leave suddenly, often as an expression of disapproval
maroon, strand
leave stranded or isolated with little hope of rescue

v leave behind unintentionally

“I left my keys inside the car and locked the doors”
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miss from one's possessions; lose sight of

v have as a result or residue

“The water left a mark on the silk dress”
“Her blood left a stain on the napkin”
lead, result
tend to or result in
entail, implicate
impose, involve, or imply as a necessary accompaniment or result
cause to be a concomitant
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bring about, give rise, produce
cause to happen, occur or exist

v have left or have as a remainder

“That left the four of us”
“19 minus 8 leaves 11”
leave alone, leave behind
leave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking
lead, result
have as a result or residue
Type of:
have left

v put into the care or protection of someone

“He left the decision to his deputy”
leave your child the nurse's care”
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give, hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over
place into the hands or custody of

v leave or give by will after one's death

“My grandfather left me his entire estate”
bequeath, will
leave behind
be survived by after one's death
give, impart, pass on
transmit (knowledge or skills)
disinherit, disown
prevent deliberately (as by making a will) from inheriting
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give by will, especially real property
pass on
give to or transfer possession of
show appreciation to
entail, fee-tail
limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of heirs
transmit from one generation to the next
hand down
passed on, as by inheritance
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gift, give, present
give as a present; make a gift of

v be survived by after one's death

“He left six children”
“At her death, she left behind her husband and 11 cats”
leave behind
leave behind
depart and not take along
bequeath, will
leave or give by will after one's death
cause to be without a spouse

v transmit (knowledge or skills)

leave your name and address here”
give, impart, pass on
bequeath, will
leave or give by will after one's death
convey or reveal information
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make known; pass on, of information
give thanks, thank
express gratitude or show appreciation to
hint, suggest
drop a hint; intimate by a hint
communicate or express nonverbally
convey by one's expression
make known or cause to appear with great speed
manifest or evince
evince, express, show
give expression to
intend, mean
mean or intend to express or convey
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let something be known

v leave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking

leave it as is”
leave the young fawn alone”
leave the flowers that you see in the park behind”
leave alone, leave behind
leave unchanged
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forbear, refrain
resist doing something

v act or be so as to become in a specified state

“The inflation left them penniless”
“The president's remarks left us speechless”
lead, result
have as a result or residue
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get, make
give certain properties to something

v make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain

“This leaves no room for improvement”
leave lots of time for the trip”
allow, allow for, provide
admit, allow
afford possibility
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afford, give, yield
be the cause or source of

n permission to do something

“she was granted leave to speak”
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approval to do something

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