American English

Definition of leave verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they leave
    he / she / it leaves
    past simple left
    -ing form leaving
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to go away from a person or a place Come on, it's time we left. leave for… The plane leaves for Dallas at 12:35. leave something I hate leaving home. The plane leaves LAX at 12:35.
  2. home/job/school
  3. 2[intransitive, transitive] to stop living at a place, belonging to a group, working for an employer, etc. My assistant threatened to leave if I didn't pay her more. leave something He left college after his freshman year.
  4. wife/husband
  5. 3[transitive] leave somebody (for somebody) to leave your wife, husband, or partner permanently She's leaving him for another man.
  6. something to do later
  7. 4[transitive] to not do something or deal with something immediately leave something Leave the dishes—I'll do them later. leave something until… Why do you always leave everything until the last minute?
  8. someone or something in condition/place
  9. 5[transitive] to make or allow someone or something to remain in a particular condition, place, etc. leave somebody/something (+ adj.) Leave the door open, please. The bomb blast left 25 people dead. leave somebody/something doing something Don't leave her waiting outside in the rain. leave somebody/something to do something Leave the rice to cook for 20 minutes.
  10. 6[transitive] to make something happen or remain as a result leave something Red wine leaves a stain. leave somebody with something She left me with the impression that she was unhappy with her job. leave somebody something I'm afraid you leave me no choice.
  11. 7be left [transitive] to remain to be used, sold, etc. Is there any coffee left? How many tickets do you have left? leave of something (figurative) They are fighting to save what is left of their business. leave to somebody The only course of action left to me was to notify her employer.
  12. 8[transitive] to go away from a place without taking something or someone with you leave something/somebody (+ adv./prep.) I left my bag on the bus. leave something/somebody behind Don't leave any of your belongings behind. He wasn't feeling well, so we had to leave him behind.
  13. mathematics
  14. 9[transitive] leave something to have a particular amount remaining Seven from ten leaves three.
  15. after death
  16. 10[transitive] to give something to someone when you die synonym bequeath leave something (to somebody) She left $1 million to her daughter. leave somebody something She left her daughter $1 million.
  17. 11[transitive] leave somebody to have family remaining after your death He leaves a wife and two children.
  18. responsibility to someone
  19. 12[transitive] to allow someone to take care of something leave somebody/something + adv./prep. You can leave the cooking to me. She left her assistant in charge. Leave it with me—I'm sure I can figure it out. “Where should we eat?” “I'll leave it entirely (up) to you (= you can decide).” After making a big mess, they left me with the cleanup. leave somebody/something to do something I was left to cope on my own.
  20. deliver
  21. 13[transitive] to deliver something and then go away leave something (for somebody) Someone left this note for you. leave somebody something Someone left you this note.
  22. Idioms
    leave it at that (informal)
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    to say or do nothing more about something We'll never agree, so let's just leave it at that.
    Phrasal Verbsbe left over (from something)leave somethingasideleave somebody/something behindleave offleave somebody/somethingoff (something)leave somebody/something out (of something)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: leave