LEAVE, n. 1. Permission; allowance; license; liberty granted by which restraint or illegality is removed.No friend has leave to bear away the dead.David earnestly asked leave of me. 1Sam. 20.2. Farewell; adieu; ceremony of departure; a formal parting of friends; used chiefly in the phrase to take leave. Acts 18.
LEAVE, n. [Sax. leaf, lefe, from leafan, lefan, lyfan, to permit, to grant, to trust, to believe; G. erlaub, D. oorlof, verlof, leave, furlow; Sax. leofan, to live, and to leave.]
- Permission; allowance; license; liberty granted by which restraint or illegality is removed.
No friend has leave to bear away the dead. – Dryden.
David earnestly asked leave of me. – 1 Sam. xx.
- Farewell; adieu; ceremony of departure; a formal parting of friends; used chiefly in the phrase to take leave. – Acts xviii.
To cease; to desist.
He began at the eldest and left at the youngest. – Gen. xliv.
To leave off, to cease; to desist; to stop.
But when you find that vigorous heat abate / Leave off, and for another summons wait. – Roscommon.
LEAVE, v.i. [Fr. lever.]
To raise. [Not used.] – Spenser.
LEAVE, v.t. [pret. and pp. left. Sax. læfan, to leave; to lefan, to permit, to believe; lefe, leave; lefian, to live; leofan, to leave, to live; leofa, leave, permission, license; lyfan, to permit, also to live. But live is also written liban, libban, with b, which leave is not. Belifan, to remain or be
left; alyfan, to permit; ge-læfan, to leave, to permit, to believe; ge-leaf, leave, license, assent, consent, faith or belief; ge-lefan, to believe, to think or suppose, to permit, to live; ge-leofan, id.; ge-lyfan, to believe, to trust; ge-lyfed, permitted or allowed, believed, lawful, also alive, having life; leof, loved; lufa, love, also belief; leoflic, faithful; luflic, willingly, lubenter; luflic, lovely. The German has leave in urlaub, a furlow, and belief in glaube; live in leben; and love in liebe, lieben, the Latin libet, lubet. Gr. λειπω. Dan. lever, Sw. lefva, to live. These are a small part of the affinities of this word. The Germans and Dutch express the sense of leave by lassen, laaten, which is our let, Fr. laisser; and let in English has the sense both of permit and of hinder. The most prominent significations of leave, are to stop or forbear, and to withdraw.]
- To withdraw or depart from; to quit for a longer or shorter time indefinitely, or for perpetuity. We left Cowes on our return to the United States, May 10, 1825. We leave home for a day or a year. The fever leaves the patient daily at a certain hour. The secretary has left the business of his office with his first clerk.
A man shalt leave his father and his mother, and cleave to his wife. – Gen. ii.
- To forsake; to desert; to abandon; to relinquish.
We have left all and followed thee. – Mark x.
- To suffer to remain; not to take or remove.
Let no man leave of it till the morning. – Ex. xvi.
- To have remaining at death; as, to leave a good name.
- To commit or trust to, as a deposit; or to suffer to remain
I left the papers in the care of the consul.
- To bequeath; to give by will. The deceased has left hi lands to his sons, but he has left a legacy to his only daughter.
- To permit without interposition. Of this, he leaves the reader to judge.
- To cease to do; to desist from; to forbear.
Let us return, lest my father leave caring for the asses an take thought for us. – 1 Sam. ix.
- To refer; to commit for decision.
To be left to one's self, to be deserted or forsaken; to be permitted to follow one's own opinions or desires.
To leave off, to desist from; to forbear; as, to leave off work at six o'clock.
To leave off, to cease wearing; as, to leave off a garment.
#2. To forsake; as, to leave off an old acquaintance. – Arbuthnot.
To leave out, to omit; as, to leave out a word or name in writing.
- To send out leaves] to leaf; -- often with
raise; to levy.
granted by which restraint or illegality is removed; permission;
withdraw one's self from; to go away from; to depart from; as, to
leave the house.
- To depart; to set out.
- The act of leaving or departing; a formal
parting; a leaving; farewell; adieu; -- used chiefly in the phrase,
to take leave, i. e., literally, to take permission to
- To let remain unremoved or undone; to let
stay or continue, in distinction from what is removed or
- To cease; to desist; to leave off.
- To cease from; to desist from; to abstain
- To desert; to abandon; to forsake; hence,
to give up; to relinquish.
- To let be or do without interference; as,
I left him to his reflections; I leave my hearers to
- To put; to place; to deposit; to deliver;
to commit; to submit -- with a sense of withdrawing one's self from;
as, leave your hat in the hall; we left our cards; to
leave the matter to arbitrators.
- To have remaining at death; hence, to
bequeath; as, he left a large estate; he left a good
name; he left a legacy to his niece.