If you leave someone to do something, you go away from them so that they do it on their own. If you leave someone to himself or herself, you go away from them and allow them to be alone. I'd better leave you to get on with it, then Diana took the hint and left them to it One of the advantages of a department store is that you are left to yourself to try things on
If you leave something or someone in a particular place, you let them remain there when you go away. If you leave something or someone with a person, you let them remain with that person so they are safe while you are away. From the moment that Philippe had left her in the bedroom at the hotel, she had heard nothing of him Leave your key with a neighbour in case you lock yourself out one day
To leave someone with a particular course of action or the opportunity to do something means to let it be available to them, while restricting them in other ways. This left me only one possible course of action He was left with no option but to resign
If you leave a particular subject, you stop talking about it and start discussing something else. I think we'd better leave the subject of Nationalism He suggested we get together for a drink sometime. I said I'd like that, and we left it there
To leave someone with something, especially when that thing is unpleasant or difficult to deal with, means to make them have it or make them responsible for it. a crash which left him with a broken collar-bone
If you leave your husband, wife, or some other person with whom you have had a close relationship, you stop living with them or you finish the relationship. He'll never leave you. You need have no worry I would be insanely jealous if Bill left me for another woman
disapproval If you say that something such as an arrangement or an agreement leaves a lot to another thing or person, you are critical of it because it is not adequate and its success depends on the other thing or person. The ceasefire leaves a lot to the goodwill of the forces involved
If you leave someone or something alone, or if you leave them be, you do not pay them any attention or bother them. Some people need to confront a traumatic past; others find it better to leave it alone Why can't you leave him be?
Leave is a period of time when you are not working at your job, because you are on holiday or vacation, or for some other reason. If you are on leave, you are not working at your job. Why don't you take a few days' leave? maternity leave He is home on leave from the Navy. see also left
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"; "after 20 years with the same company, she pulled up stakes"
If you leave a job, decision, or choice to someone, you give them the responsibility for dealing with it or making it. Affix the blue airmail label and leave the rest to us The judge should not have left it to the jury to decide For the moment, I leave you to take all decisions
If you leave a place or person, you go away from that place or person. He would not be allowed to leave the country I simply couldn't bear to leave my little girl My flight leaves in less than an hour The last of the older children had left for school
A student who did not graduate, persist or transfer to another SUS school through the specified year after entry A leaver may have enrolled at a community college, private or out-of-state school after leaving FAU Leavers in some cases may be "stopouts" who will return to FAU in the future
make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain; "This leaves no room for improvement"; "The evidence allows only one conclusion"; "allow for mistakes"; "leave lots of time for the trip"; "This procedureprovides for lots of leeway"
If you leave a message or an answer, you write it, record it, or give it to someone so that it can be found or passed on. You can leave a message on our answering machine Decide whether the ball is in square A, B, C, or D, then call and leave your answer I left my phone number with several people
To leave an amount of something means to keep it available after the rest has been used or taken away. He always left a little food for the next day Double rooms at any of the following hotels should leave you some change from £150
If you leave an institution, group, or job, you permanently stop attending that institution, being a member of that group, or doing that job. He left school with no qualifications I am leaving to concentrate on writing fiction. a leaving present
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"
If an event leaves people or things in a particular state, they are in that state when the event has finished. violent disturbances which have left at least ten people dead The documentary left me in a state of shock
permission to do something; "she was granted leave to speak" the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty; "a ten day's leave to visit his mother" 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" be survived by after one's death; "He left six children"; "At her death, she left behind her husband and 11 cats" 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" go away from a place; "At what time does your train leave?"; "She didn't leave until midnight"; "The ship leaves at midnight" 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"; "after 20 years with the same company, she pulled up stakes" result in; "The water left a mark on the silk dress"; "Her blood left a stain on the napkin" make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain; "This leaves no room for improvement"; "The evidence allows only one conclusion"; "allow for mistakes"; "leave lots of time for the trip"; "This procedureprovides for lots of leeway" act or be so as to become in a specified state; "The inflation left them penniless"; "The president's remarks left us speechless" have left or have as a remainder; "That left the four of us"; "19 minus 8 leaves 11
If you leave something until a particular time, you delay doing it or dealing with it until then. Don't leave it all until the last minute. If you leave something too late, you delay doing it so that when you eventually do it, it is useless or ineffective. I hope I haven't left it too late
If you leave something in a particular state, position, or condition, you let it remain in that state, position, or condition. He left the album open on the table I've left the car lights on I left the engine running
[ lEv ] (verb.) before 12th century. Middle English leven, from Old English l[AE]fan; akin to Old High German verleiben to leave, Old English belIfan to be left over, and perhaps to Lithuanian lipti to adhere, Greek lipos grease, fat.
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