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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.



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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.]

  1. 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.
  2. Farewell; adieu; ceremony of departure; a formal parting of friends; used chiefly in the phrase to take leave. – Acts xviii.

LEAVE, v.i.

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.]

  1. 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.
  2. To forsake; to desert; to abandon; to relinquish. We have left all and followed thee. – Mark x.
  3. To suffer to remain; not to take or remove. Let no man leave of it till the morning. – Ex. xvi.
  4. To have remaining at death; as, to leave a good name.
  5. To commit or trust to, as a deposit; or to suffer to remain I left the papers in the care of the consul.
  6. 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.
  7. To permit without interposition. Of this, he leaves the reader to judge.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

Leave
  1. To send out leaves] to leaf; -- often with out.

    G. Fletcher.
  2. To raise; to levy.

    [Obs.]

    An army strong she leaved. Spenser.

  3. Liberty granted by which restraint or illegality is removed; permission; allowance; license.

    David earnestly asked leave of me. 1 Sam. xx. 6.

    No friend has leave to bear away the dead. Dryden.

  4. To withdraw one's self from; to go away from; to depart from; as, to leave the house.

    Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife. Gen. ii. 24.

  5. To depart; to set out.

    [Colloq.]

    By the time I left for Scotland. Carlyle.

  6. 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 go.

    A double blessing is a'double grace;
    Occasion smiles upon a second leave.
    Shak.

    And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren. Acts xviii. 18.

    French leave. See under French.

    Syn. -- See Liberty.

  7. To let remain unremoved or undone; to let stay or continue, in distinction from what is removed or changed.

    If grape gatherers come to thee, would they not leave some gleaning grapes ? Jer. xlix. 9.

    These ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Matt. xxiii. 23.

    Besides it leaveth a suspicion, as if more might be said than is expressed. Bacon.

  8. To cease; to desist; to leave off.

    "He . . . began at the eldest, and left at the youngest." Gen. xliv. 12.

    To leave off, to cease; to desist; to stop.

    Leave off, and for another summons wait. Roscommon.

  9. To cease from; to desist from; to abstain from.

    Now leave complaining and begin your tea. Pope.

  10. To desert; to abandon; to forsake; hence, to give up; to relinquish.

    Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. Mark x. 28.

    The heresies that men do leave. Shak.

  11. To let be or do without interference; as, I left him to his reflections; I leave my hearers to judge.

    I will leave you now to your gossiplike humor. Shak.

  12. 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.

    Leave there thy gift before the altar and go thy way. Matt. v. 24.

    The foot
    That leaves the print of blood where'er it walks.
    Shak.

  13. 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.

    To leave alone. (a) To leave in solitude. (b) To desist or refrain from having to do with; as, to leave dangerous chemicals alone. -- To leave off. (a) To desist from; to forbear; to stop; as, to leave off work at six o'clock. (b) To cease wearing or using; to omit to put in the usual position; as, to leave off a garment; to leave off the tablecloth. (c) To forsake; as, to leave off a bad habit. -- To leave out, to omit; as, to leave out a word or name in writing. -- To leave to one's self, to let (one) be alone; to cease caring for (one).

    Syn>- To quit; depart from; forsake; abandon; relinquish; deliver; bequeath; give up; forego; resign; surrender; forbear. See Quit.

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leave

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.

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