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English definition of “leave”

leave

verb (REMAIN)    /liːv/ (left, left)
A2 If something leaves something else , a part or effect of it stays after it has gone or been used: His shoes left muddy marks on the floor . [+ two objects] If I give you £10 that won't leave me enough cash to pay the bill . [+ obj + adj ] Far from improving things, the new law has left many people worse off (= they are now in a worse situation ) than before.Affecting and influencing B2 [T] If you leave something in a particular condition you do not touch it, move it, or act to change it in any way, so that it stays in the same condition : Leave that chair where it is. He left most of his dinner (= did not eat much of it). [+ obj + adj ] The family were left (= became and continued to be) homeless . I'll have to go back - I think I've left the iron on. You can leave the window open . Leave your sister alone (= stop annoying her).Keeping and staying the sameNot able to be changed C1 [T + obj + -ing verb ] If you leave something or someone doing something, he, she, or it is still doing it when you go away: I left the children watch ing television . He left the engine runn ing .Departing
(Definition of leave verb (REMAIN) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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