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.

Definitions of leave
  1. verb
    go away from a place
    “At what time does your train leave?”
    “She didn't leave until midnight”
    “The ship leaves at midnight”
    synonyms: 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
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    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
  2. verb
    move out of or depart from
    leave the room”
    “the fugitive has left the country”
    synonyms: exit, get out, go out
    go away, go forth
    go away from a place
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    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
  3. verb
    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”
    synonyms: 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
  4. noun
    the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty
    “a ten day's leave to visit his mother”
    synonyms: leave of absence
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    a temporary leave of absence, especially 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
    type of:
    time off
    a time period when you are not required to work
  5. noun
    the act of departing politely
    “he took his leave
    synonyms: farewell, leave-taking, parting
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    the act of saying farewell
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    departure, going, going away, leaving
    the act of departing
  6. verb
    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
  7. verb
    leave behind unintentionally
    “I left my keys inside the car and locked the doors”
    synonyms: forget
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    miss from one's possessions; lose sight of
  8. verb
    have as a result or residue
    “The water left a mark on the silk dress”
    “Her blood left a stain on the napkin”
    synonyms: lead, result
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    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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    achieve, beget, bring about, give rise, produce
    cause to happen, occur, or exist
  9. verb
    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
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    type of:
    have left
  10. verb
    put into the care or protection of someone
    “He left the decision to his deputy”
    leave your child to the nurse's care”
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    give, hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over
    place into the hands or custody of
  11. verb
    leave or give by will after one's death
    “My grandfather left me his entire estate”
    synonyms: bequeath, will
    leave behind
    be survived by after one's death
    give, impart, pass on
    transmit (knowledge or skills)
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    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
    type of:
    gift, give, present
    give as a present; make a gift of
  12. verb
    be survived by after one's death
    “He left six children”
    “At her death, she left behind her husband and 11 cats”
    synonyms: leave behind
    leave behind
    depart and not take along
    bequeath, will
    leave or give by will after one's death
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    cause to be without a spouse
  13. verb
    transmit (knowledge or skills)
    leave your name and address here”
    synonyms: 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
    type of:
    let something be known
  14. verb
    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”
    synonyms: leave alone, leave behind
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    leave unchanged
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    forbear, refrain
    resist doing something
  15. verb
    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
  16. verb
    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”
    synonyms: allow, allow for, provide
    admit, allow
    afford possibility
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    afford, give, yield
    be the cause or source of
  17. noun
    permission to do something
    “she was granted leave to speak”
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    approval to do something
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