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leave

verb
 
 
/liːv/ ( past tense and past participle left /left/)
GO AWAY [I, T] A1 to go away from a place or a situation, either permanently or for a temporary period: I'm leaving work early this afternoon. What time does the bus leave? They left for Paris last night. "Does Trevor still work there?" "No, he left" (= he does not work there now). She left school at 16.Departing
END RELATIONSHIP [I, T] B1 to end a relationship with a husband, wife, or partner and stop living with them: I'll never leave you. She left him for a younger man.Ending relationships and divorce
NOT TAKE [T] A2 to not take something with you when you go away from a place, either intentionally or by accident: Why don't you leave your jacket in the car? She'd left a note for him in the kitchen. That's the second umbrella I've left on the train!Things remainingExcluding
NOT USE ALL [T] A2 to not use all of something: They'd drunk all the wine but they'd left some food. Are there any biscuits left?Things remaining
REMAIN [T] to make a permanent mark: The operation may leave a scar.Signs, signals and symbolsSpecific signs and symbolsMarks and results
leave sth open/on/off, etc B2 to make something stay in a particular condition: Who left the window open?Keeping and staying the sameNot able to be changed
DO LATER [T] to do something later that you could do immediately: Don't leave your packing till the night before you go.Delaying and wasting time
GIVE [T] to arrange for someone to receive something after you die: His aunt left him a lot of money. He left the house to Julia.Inheriting and bequeathing
leave sb alone to stop speaking to or annoying someone: Leave me alone! I'm trying to work.Neglecting and ignoringNot paying attentionTreating as unimportant
leave sth alone to stop touching something: Leave your hair alone! →  See also leave someone to their own devices , leave/make your mark Touching and feelingShowing affection
(Definition of leave verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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