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English noun: leave

1. leave (time) the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty

SamplesA ten day's leave to visit his mother.

Synonymsleave of absence

Broader (hypernym)time off

Narrower (hyponym)compassionate leave, furlough, liberty, pass, sabbatical, sabbatical leave, shore leave, sick leave, terminal leave

2. leave (communication) permission to do something

SamplesShe was granted leave to speak.

Broader (hypernym)permission

3. leave (act) the act of departing politely

SamplesHe disliked long farewells.
He took his leave.
Parting is such sweet sorrow.

Synonymsfarewell, leave-taking, parting

Broader (hypernym)departure, going, going away, leaving

Narrower (hyponym)valediction

English verb: leave

1. leave (motion) go away from a place

SamplesAt what time does your train leave?.
She didn't leave until midnight.
The ship leaves at midnight.

ExamplesJohn will leave angry

Synonymsgo away, go forth

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Narrower (hyponym)abandon, beetle off, bolt, bolt out, break away, bugger off, bunk, buzz off, come away, decamp, depart, depart, desert, empty, escape, fly the coop, fuck off, get, get out, go out, go out, head for the hills, hightail, hightail it, lam, linger, part, pop off, pull out, quit, ride away, ride off, run, run away, run off, run out, rush away, rush off, scarper, scat, scram, set forth, set off, set out, skip, slip away, sneak away, sneak off, sneak out, start, start out, steal away, take leave, take off, take to the woods, tarry, turn tail, vacate, vamoose, walk away, walk off, walk out

Verb groupdepart, exit, get out, go out, leave, leave, pull up stakes

Antonymsarrive, come, get

2. leave (cognition) go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness

SamplesShe left a mess when she moved out.
His good luck finally left him.
Her husband left her after 20 years of marriage.
She wept thinking she had been left behind.

ExamplesThey leave the people the food, They leave the money in the closet

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)abandon, desert, desolate, forsake, jilt

Verb groupforget, leave

3. leave (stative) act or be so as to become in a specified state

SamplesThe inflation left them penniless.
The president's remarks left us speechless.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something Adjective/Noun.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)get, make

Verb grouplead, leave, result

4. leave (change) leave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking

SamplesLeave it as is.
Leave the young fawn alone.
Leave the flowers that you see in the park behind.

Synonymsleave alone, leave behind

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)forbear, refrain

Narrower (hyponym)let

Verb groupleave

5. leave (motion) move out of or depart from

SamplesLeave the room.
The fugitive has left the country.

ExamplesThe men leave the boat

Synonymsexit, get out, go out

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)depart, eject, fall out, file out, get off, get off, go, go away, hop out, log off, log out, pop out, step out, undock

Verb groupgo away, go forth, leave

Antonymscome in, enter, get in, go in, go into, move into, get into

6. leave (stative) make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain

SamplesThis leaves no room for improvement.
The evidence allows only one conclusion.
Allow for mistakes.
Leave lots of time for the trip.
This procedure provides for lots of leeway.

Synonymsallow, allow for, provide

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)afford, give, yield

Verb groupadmit, allow

7. leave (stative) have as a result or residue

SamplesThe water left a mark on the silk dress.
Her blood left a stain on the napkin.

Synonymslead, result

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bring about, give rise, produce

Narrower (hyponym)lead

Verb groupleave, leave

8. leave (social) remove oneself from an association with or participation in

SamplesShe wants to leave.
The teenager left home.
She left her position with the Red Cross.
He left the Senate after two terms.
After 20 years with the same company, she pulled up stakes.

ExamplesThey leave the countryside

Synonymsdepart, pull up stakes

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)drop out, leave office, quit, resign, step down

Verb groupgo away, go forth, leave

9. leave (possession) put into the care or protection of someone

SamplesHe left the decision to his deputy.
Leave your child the nurse's care.

ExamplesThey leave the money to them , They leave them the money


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)give, hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over

10. leave (possession) leave or give by will after one's death

SamplesMy aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry.
My grandfather left me his entire estate.

ExamplesThey leave the money to them , They leave them the money

Synonymsbequeath, will

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)gift, give, present

Narrower (hyponym)devise, entail, fee-tail, pass on, remember

Verb groupgive, impart, leave, leave, leave behind, pass on

Antonymsdisinherit, disown

11. leave (stative) have left or have as a remainder

SamplesThat left the four of us.
19 minus 8 leaves 11.

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)have

Verb grouplead, leave, leave, leave alone, leave behind, result

12. leave (change) be survived by after one's death

SamplesHe left six children.
At her death, she left behind her husband and 11 cats.

ExamplesSam cannot leave Sue

Synonymsleave behind

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)widow

Entailbuy the farm, cash in one's chips, choke, conk, croak, decease, die, drop dead, exit, expire, give-up the ghost, go, kick the bucket, pass, pass away, perish, pop off, snuff it

Verb groupbequeath, leave, leave behind, will

13. leave (possession) transmit (knowledge or skills)

SamplesGive a secret to the Russians.
Leave your name and address here.
Impart a new skill to the students.

Synonymsgive, impart, pass on

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)tell

Narrower (hyponym)convey

Verb groupbequeath, give, leave, will

14. leave (cognition) leave behind unintentionally

SamplesI forgot my umbrella in the restaurant.
I left my keys inside the car and locked the doors.

ExamplesThey leave the money in the closet


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)lose

Verb groupleave

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