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leave

verb  /liv/ ( past tense and past participle left  /left/) us  

leave verb (GO AWAY)

[I/T] to go away from someone or something that stays in the same place: [I] I’ll be leaving tomorrow. [T] He left the house by the back door. [I/T] The bus leaves (the station) in five minutes. [I/T] If you leave a job, you stop working at a place: [T] He left work in June. [I/T] If you leave home, you stop living in your parentshome.

leave verb (NOT TAKE)

[T] to not take something with you: I mistakenly left my checkbook at home. Hurry up or you’ll get left behind the other hikers. [T] You can leave something somewhere for a purpose: I’ve left dinner for you on the stove. [T] If you leave something to someone, you have arranged for that person to receive it after you die: She left all her money to her children.

leave verb (CAUSE TO STAY)

[T] to allow or cause something to stay in a particular place, position, or state: The dog left muddy tracks on the carpet. He left a message for me at the office. Leave the window open. Her rudeness left us all speechless. He left the engine running. [T] If you leave some activity that involves work, you wait before you do it: I’ll leave the cleaning for tomorrow.

leave verb (MAKE AVAILABLE)

[T] to make something available after some part has been taken or used: There are only four cookiesplease leave one for me. Five from twelve leaves seven (= Seven is the result of taking five from twelve).left (over) If something is left (over), it was not previously used or eaten: There’s some pasta left over from dinner.

leave verb (GIVE RESPONSIBILITY)

[T] to allow someone to make a choice or decision about something, or to make someone responsible for something: Leave it to me – I’ll see what I can do. I’ll leave it up to you to choose the gift.

leave

noun [U]  /liv/ us  

leave noun [U] (VACATION)

time permitted away from work, esp. for a medical condition or illness or for some other special purpose: maternity leave

leave noun [U] (PERMISSION)

fml permission to do something: He took it without my leave.
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