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English definition of “leave”


verb [T] (STOP)    /liːv/ (left, left)
A1 to stop doing something, or to leave a place because you have finished an activity: Many children leave school at 16. He left work in June for health reasons. She left home (= stopped living with her parents) at 18. Could we leave that subject (= stop discussing that subject) for the moment and go on to the next item on the agenda?Causing something to endComing to an end
(Definition of leave verb (STOP) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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