Definition of leave noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//liːv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//liːv//
    [uncountable] Office life
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  1. 1a period of time when you are allowed to be away from work for a holiday/vacation or for a special reason to take a month’s paid/unpaid leave soldiers home on leave to be on maternity/study leave How much annual leave do you get? see also compassionate leave, sick leave See related entries: Office life
  2. 2(formal) official permission to do something to be absent without leave leave to do something The court granted him leave to appeal against the sentence. She asked for leave of absence (= permission to be away from work) to attend a funeral.
  3. Word Originnoun Old English lēaf ‘permission’, of West Germanic origin; related to lief and love.Extra examples I still have some leave left this year. I still have some leave to use up. I’m saving all my leave to have a long holiday later in the year. No application may be made without the leave of the court. She handed in her resignation and was put on three months’ gardening leave. She spent most of her leave with her family. She’s on leave until the end of the month. The appeal can only be brought by leave of the trial judge. When the war broke out all leave was cancelled. A single justice has power to grant leave to bring proceedings in certain cases. An application for leave to appeal must be made within four weeks. Benefits include 28 days’ annual leave. Fathers are allowed a week’s paternity leave. He applied for study leave to write the book. He was on sick leave following a heart attack. Her husband is in the army and was due home on leave. In May the officer went absent without leave. She was given compassionate leave to attend the funeral. Sylvia’s on maternity leave. The firm allowed her to take a month’s unpaid leave. The school gave him leave of absence to play in the final. There are new provisions for parental leave. They applied for asylum and were granted temporary leave to stay in the country.Idioms
    beg leave to do something
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    (formal) to ask somebody for permission to do something I beg leave to add a few comments of my own.
    (formal) with your permission (British English) to leave work without asking permission first
    take (your) leave (of somebody)
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    (formal) to say goodbye With a nod and a smile, she took leave of her friends.
    take leave of your senses
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    (old-fashioned) to start behaving as if you are crazy See related entries: Describing strange traits
    without a by your leave; without so much as a by your leave
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    (old-fashioned) without asking permission; rudely He walked straight in, without so much as a by your leave.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: leave