Leave Definition

Define what is Leave?

1. leave, leave of absence (noun)

the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty.

  • a ten day's leave to visit his mother.

time off noun
a time period when you are not required to work.


furlough noun
a temporary leave of absence from military duty.

pass noun
(military) a written leave of absence.

compassionate leave noun
(military) leave granted in an emergency such as family sickness or death.

sabbatical, sabbatical leave noun
a leave usually taken every seventh year.

shore leave, liberty noun
leave granted to a sailor or naval officer.

sick leave noun
a leave of absence from work because of illness.

terminal leave noun
final leave before discharge from military service.

2. go forth, leave, go away (verb)

go away from a place.

  • At what time does your train leave?.
  • She didn't leave until midnight.
  • The ship leaves at midnight.
Synonyms: go forth, go away
Antonyms: arrive, come, get (verb)

reach a destination; arrive by movement or progress.


go out verb
leave the house to go somewhere.

desert verb
leave behind.

take leave, quit, depart verb
go away or leave.

pop off verb
leave quickly.

walk away, walk off verb
go away from.

hightail verb
leave as fast as possible.

walk out verb
leave abruptly, often in protest or anger.

come away verb
leave in a certain condition.

vamoose, decamp, skip verb
leave suddenly.

bugger off, buzz off, scram, fuck off, get verb
leave immediately; used usually in the imperative form.

beetle off, bolt out, run off, run out, bolt verb
leave suddenly and as if in a hurry.

ride away, ride off verb
ride away on a horse, for example.

go out verb
take the field.

tarry, linger verb
leave slowly and hesitantly.

take off, set forth, set off, start out, depart, part, set out, start verb

pull out, get out verb
move out or away.

rush away, rush off verb
depart in a hurry.

turn tail, take to the woods, scat, scarper, run away, lam, hightail it, head for the hills, fly the coop, run, bunk, break away, escape verb
flee; take to one's heels; cut and run.

slip away, sneak away, sneak off, sneak out, steal away verb
leave furtively and stealthily.

vacate, abandon, empty verb
leave behind empty; move out of.

3. leave (noun)

permission to do something.

  • she was granted leave to speak.

permission noun
approval to do something.

4. leave (verb)

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.

jilt verb
cast aside capriciously or unfeelingly.

desert, desolate, forsake, abandon verb
leave someone who needs or counts on you; leave in the lurch.

5. leave-taking, parting, farewell, leave (noun)

the act of departing politely.

  • he disliked long farewells.
  • he took his leave.
  • parting is such sweet sorrow.

departure, going, going away, leaving noun
the act of departing.


valediction noun
the act of saying farewell.

6. leave (verb)

act or be so as to become in a specified state.

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

make, get verb
give certain properties to something.

7. leave alone, leave behind, leave (verb)

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.

refrain, forbear verb
resist doing something.


LET verb
leave unchanged.

8. exit, get out, go out, leave (verb)

move out of or depart from.

  • leave the room.
  • the fugitive has left the country.
Synonyms: exit, get out, go out
Antonyms: come in, enter, get in, go in, go into, move into, get into (verb)

to come or go into.


move verb
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion.


depart, go away, go verb
move away from a place into another direction.

pop out verb
exit briefly.

file out verb
march out, in a file.

hop out, get off verb
get out of quickly.

fall out verb
leave (a barracks) in order to take a place in a military formation, or leave a military formation.

get off verb
leave a vehicle, aircraft, etc..

step out verb
go outside a room or building for a short period of time.

eject verb
leave an aircraft rapidly, using an ejection seat or capsule.

undock verb
move out of a dock.

log off, log out verb
exit a computer.

9. allow for, allow, provide, leave (verb)

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 procedure provides for lots of leeway.
Synonyms: allow for, allow, provide

yield, afford, give verb
be the cause or source of.

10. lead, result, leave (verb)

have as a result or residue.

  • The water left a mark on the silk dress.
  • Her blood left a stain on the napkin.
Synonyms: lead, result

give rise, bring about, produce verb
cause to happen, occur or exist.


lead verb
tend to or result in.

11. pull up stakes, depart, leave (verb)

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.

change verb
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature.


leave office, step down, quit, resign verb
give up or retire from a position.

drop out verb
leave school or an educational program prematurely.

12. entrust, leave (verb)

put into the care or protection of someone.

  • He left the decision to his deputy.
  • leave your child the nurse's care.
Synonyms: entrust

hand, pass on, turn over, pass, reach, give verb
place into the hands or custody of.

13. bequeath, will, leave (verb)

leave or give by will after one's death.

  • My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry.
  • My grandfather left me his entire estate.
Synonyms: bequeath, will
Antonyms: disinherit, disown (verb)

prevent deliberately (as by making a will) from inheriting.


gift, present, give verb
give as a present; make a gift of.


devise verb
give by will, especially real property.

pass on verb
give to or transfer possession of.

remember verb
show appreciation to.

fee-tail, entail verb
limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of heirs.

14. leave (verb)

have left or have as a remainder.

  • That left the four of us.
  • 19 minus 8 leaves 11.

have verb
have left.

15. leave behind, leave (verb)

be survived by after one's death.

  • He left six children.
  • At her death, she left behind her husband and 11 cats.
Synonyms: leave behind

widow verb
cause to be without a spouse.

16. impart, pass on, give, leave (verb)

transmit (knowledge or skills).

  • give a secret to the Russians.
  • leave your name and address here.
  • impart a new skill to the students.
Synonyms: impart, pass on, give

Tell verb
let something be known.


convey verb
make known; pass on, of information.

17. forget, leave (verb)

leave behind unintentionally.

  • I forgot my umbrella in the restaurant.
  • I left my keys inside the car and locked the doors.
Synonyms: forget

lose verb
miss from one's possessions; lose sight of.

Nearby Terms

leave alone (verb)
leave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking

leave behind (verb)
depart and not take along

leave no stone unturned (verb)
search thoroughly and exhaustively

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

leave off (verb)
come to an end, stop or cease

leave office (verb)
give up or retire from a position

leave out (verb)
prevent from being included or considered or accepted

leave-taking (noun)
the act of departing politely

leaved (adjective satellite)
having leaves or leaves as specified; often used in combination

leaven (noun)
a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid

leavened (adjective)
made light by aerating, as with yeast or baking powder; often used as a combining form

leavening (noun)
an influence that works subtly to lighten or modify something

leaver (noun)
someone who leaves

leaving (noun)
the act of departing

Lebanese (noun)
a native or inhabitant of Lebanon