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'leave' - used as a noun
1. the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty
a ten day's leave to visit his mother
2. permission to do something
she was granted leave to speak
3. the act of departing politely
he took his leave

'leave' - used as a verb
4. go away from a place
At what time does your train leave?
She didn't leave until midnight
The ship leaves at midnight
5. go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness
She 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
6. act or be so as to become in a specified state
The inflation left them penniless
The president's remarks left us speechless
7. leave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking
leave it as is
leave the young fawn alone
leave the flowers that you see in the park behind
8. move out of or depart from
leave the room
the fugitive has left the country
9. make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain
This leaves no room for improvement
leave lots of time for the trip
10. have as a result or residue
The water left a mark on the silk dress
Her blood left a stain on the napkin
11. remove oneself from an association with or participation in
She wants to leave
The teenager left home
She left her position with the Red Cross
He left the Senate after two terms
12. put into the care or protection of someone
He left the decision to his deputy
leave your child the nurse's care
13. leave or give by will after one's death
My grandfather left me his entire estate
14. have left or have as a remainder
That left the four of us
19 minus 8 leaves 11
15. be survived by after one's death
He left six children
At her death, she left behind her husband and 11 cats
16. tell or deposit (information) knowledge
leave your name and address here
17. leave behind unintentionally
I left my keys inside the car and locked the doors

derived forms
1. Leave / Past
left
2. Leave / Third Person
leaves
3. Leave / Present Participle
leaving
Variations of 'leave'
 
Antonym
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    In the summer of 1858, the smell of the sewage in the Thames River in London was so bad that the Members of Parliament had to leave from the chamber of the House of Commons. This was a result of two million people dumping all their sewage into the river.