Leave (?), v. i. [imp. & p.
p. Leaved (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Leaving] To send out leaves; to leaf; -- often with
out. G. Fletcher.
Leave, v. t. [See Levy.] To
raise; to levy. [Obs.]
An army strong she leaved.
Leave, n. [OE. leve,
leave, AS. leÁf; akin to leóf
pleasing, dear, E. lief, D. oorlof leave, G.
arlaub, and erlauben to permit, Icel. leyfi.
√124. See Lief.] 1. Liberty
granted by which restraint or illegality is removed; permission;
David earnestly asked leave of me.
1 Sam. xx. 6.
No friend has leave to bear away the
2. The act of leaving or departing; a formal
parting; a leaving; farewell; adieu; -- used chiefly in the phrase,
to take leave, i. e., literally, to take permission to
A double blessing is a'double grace;
Occasion smiles upon a second leave.
And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while,
and then took his leave of the brethren. Acts
French leave. See under
Syn. -- See Liberty.
Leave, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Left (lĕft); p. pr. & vb.
n. Leaving.] [OE. leven, AS. l?fan,
fr. lāf remnant, heritage; akin to lifian,
libban, to live, orig., to remain; cf. belīfan to
remain, G. bleiben, Goth. bileiban. √119. See
Live, v.] 1. To
withdraw one's self from; to go away from; to depart from; as, to
leave the house.
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his
mother, and shall cleave unto his wife. Gen. ii.
2. To let remain unremoved or undone; to let
stay or continue, in distinction from what is removed or
If grape gatherers come to thee, would they not
leave some gleaning grapes ? Jer. xlix. 9.
These ought ye to have done, and not to leave
the other undone. Matt. xxiii. 23.
Besides it leaveth a suspicion, as if more
might be said than is expressed. Bacon.
3. To cease from; to desist from; to abstain
Now leave complaining and begin your
4. To desert; to abandon; to forsake; hence,
to give up; to relinquish.
Lo, we have left all, and have followed
thee. Mark x. 28.
The heresies that men do leave.
5. To let be or do without interference; as,
I left him to his reflections; I leave my hearers to
I will leave you now to your gossiplike
6. To put; to place; to deposit; to deliver;
to commit; to submit -- with a sense of withdrawing one's self from;
as, leave your hat in the hall; we left our cards; to
leave the matter to arbitrators.
Leave there thy gift before the altar and go
thy way. Matt. v. 24.
That leaves the print of blood where'er it walks.
7. To have remaining at death; hence, to
bequeath; as, he left a large estate; he left a good
name; he left a legacy to his niece.
To leave alone. (a) To leave
in solitude. (b) To desist or refrain from
having to do with; as, to leave dangerous chemicals
alone. -- To leave off.
(a) To desist from; to forbear; to stop; as,
to leave off work at six o'clock. (b)
To cease wearing or using; to omit to put in the usual position;
as, to leave off a garment; to leave off the
tablecloth. (c) To forsake; as, to leave
off a bad habit. -- To leave out, to
omit; as, to leave out a word or name in writing. --
To leave to one's self, to let (one) be alone;
to cease caring for (one).
Syn>- To quit; depart from; forsake; abandon; relinquish; deliver;
bequeath; give up; forego; resign; surrender; forbear. See
Leave (?), v. i. 1.
To depart; to set out. [Colloq.]
By the time I left for Scotland.
2. To cease; to desist; to leave off.
"He . . . began at the eldest, and left at the youngest."
Gen. xliv. 12.
To leave off, to cease; to desist; to
Leave off, and for another summons