v. left, leav•ing
1) to go out of or away from, as a place:
to leave the house[/ex]
2) to depart from permanently; quit:
to leave a job[/ex]
3) to let remain behind:
The bear left tracks in the snow[/ex]
4) to let stay or be as specified:
to leave a motor running[/ex]
5) to let (a person or animal) remain in a position to do something without interference:
We left him to his work[/ex]
6) to let (a thing) remain for another's action or decision:
We left the details to the lawyer[/ex]
7) to give in charge; deposit; entrust:
Leave the package with my neighbor[/ex]
8) to stop; cease; give up:
She left music to study engineering[/ex]
9) to turn aside from; abandon or disregard:
We will leave this subject for now[/ex]
10) to give for use after one's death or departure:
to leave all one's money to charity[/ex]
11) to have remaining after death:
He leaves a wife and three children[/ex]
12) to have as a remainder after subtraction:
2 from 4 leaves 2[/ex]
13) cvb sts Nonstandard.
let I, 1), let I, 2), let I, 4)
14) to go away, depart, or set out:
We leave for Europe tomorrow[/ex]
15) phv leave off
a) to stop; cease; discontinue
b) to stop using or wearing
c) to omit
16) phv leave out, to omit; exclude
Etymology: bef. 900; ME leven, OE lǣfan, c. OHG leiban, ON leifa, Go bi-laibjan leav′er, n. usage: leave is interchangeable with let when followed by alone with the sense “to refrain from annoying or interfering with”: Leave (or Let) him alone and he will assemble the apparatus properly. The use of leave alone for let alone in the sense “not to mention” is nonstandard: There wasn't even standing room, let (not leave) alone a seat. Other substitutions of leave for let are generally regarded as nonstandard: Let (not Leave) us sit down and talk this over. See also let I. II
[[t]liv[/t]] n.
1) permission to do something:
to beg leave to go[/ex]
2) permission to be absent, as from work or military duty:
to get leave after basic training[/ex]
3) the time this permission lasts:
30 days' leave[/ex]
4) the bowling pin or pins in upright position after the bowl of the first ball
Etymology: bef. 900; ME leve, OE lēaf, c. MHGloube III
[[t]liv[/t]] v. i. leaved, leav•ing
bot to leaf
Etymology: 1250–1300; ME leven, lef leaf

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