Lengua inglesa
verb (left , leaving )
1 tr & intr to go away from someone or somewhere It was dark when I left . I never thought she would leave him .
2 to allow something to remain behind, especially by mistake left the keys at home .
3 to move out of somewhere.
4 to abandon.
5 intr to resign or quit.
6 to allow someone or something to remain in a particular state or condition leave the window open .
7 to deliver to or deposit with someone I'll leave the keys with a neighbour .
8 to cause It may leave a scar .
9 to have as a remainder Three minus one leaves two .
10 to make a gift of something in a will left all her money to charity .
11 to be survived by leaves a wife and daughter .
12 to cause (especially food or drink) to remain unfinished She left half her dinner .
13 to hand or turn something over to someone else left the driving to her .
[Anglo-Saxon læfan to remain]
be left with to be burdened with He was left with a huge bill .
leave someone or something alone to allow them or it to remain undisturbed.
leave someone or something be
1 to allow them or it to remain unchanged.
2 to leave them or it alone.
leave for dead to abandon someone who is assumed to be dead.
leave go colloq to let go.
leave someone holding the baby to abandon them to an unpleasant task or fate.
leave someone in the lurch see under lurch2.
leave it at that to take no further action, make no more comment on, etc.
leave it out! slang stop it!
leave much to be desired to be very inadequate or unsatisfactory.
leave well alone to refrain from interfering with something, especially when it is functioning adequately.
leave someone or something behind
1 to go without taking them or it, either intentionally or accidentally.
2 to outdistance them.
leave off something to stop doing it.
leave someone or something out to exclude or omit them or it.

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1 permission to do something.
2 permission to be absent, especially from work or military duties.
3 permitted absence from work or military duties.
4 the length of time this lasts took a week's leave .
5 old use a formal parting or farewell.
[Anglo-Saxon leafe permission]
on leave officially absent from work.
take leave to assume permission.
take one's leave formal, old use to depart.

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noun (also leavening)
1 a substance, especially yeast, added to dough to make it rise.
2 anything which is an influence and causes change.
verb (leavened , leavening )
1 to cause (dough) to rise with leaven.
2 to permeate with an influence or cause change in.
[14c: from Latin levamen a means of raising]

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noun someone who leaves. See also school-leaver.

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leaves plural of leaf

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