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Japanese translation of “leave”


verb   /liːv/ (present participle leaving, past tense and past participle left)
A1 to go away from a place
I leave work at five o’clock. They left for Paris last night . She left school at 16.
A2 to not take something with you when you go away from a place
I left my jacket in the car . She left a letter for me in the kitchen .
A2 to not use all of something
They drank all the juice but they left some food .
A2 to put something in a place where it will stay
You can leave your bags at the station .
A2 to put something somewhere for another person to have later
I left some sandwiches for them.
B1 to end a relationship with a husband , wife , or partner and stop living with him or her
I’ll never leave you. She left him for a younger man.
to give something to someone after you die
His aunt left him a lot of money . He left the house to Julia.
leave someone alone to stop speaking to someone
Leave me alone ! I’m trying to work .
leave something open, on, off, etc. to make something stay open , on, off, etc.
Who left the window open ?
(Definition of leave verb from the Cambridge English-Japanese Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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