leave of absence


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leave of absence

n. pl. leaves of absence
1. Official permission to be absent from work or duty, as that granted to military or corporate personnel.
2. The period of time granted by such permission. In both senses also called leave.

leave of absence

n
1. permission to be absent from work or duty
2. the period of absence

leave′ of ab′sence


n.
1. permission to be absent from duty, employment, service, etc.; leave.
2. the length of time granted in such permission: a two-year leave of absence.
[1765–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.leave of absence - the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty; "a ten day's leave to visit his mother"
time off - a time period when you are not required to work; "he requested time off to attend his grandmother's funeral"
furlough - a temporary leave of absence from military duty
pass - (military) a written leave of absence; "he had a pass for three days"
compassionate leave - (military) leave granted in an emergency such as family sickness or death
sabbatical, sabbatical leave - a leave usually taken every seventh year
shore leave, liberty - leave granted to a sailor or naval officer
sick leave - a leave of absence from work because of illness
terminal leave - final leave before discharge from military service
References in classic literature ?
I wish you to obtain for me, from Monsieur Dessessart, leave of absence for fifteen days.
I can send to each of them leave of absence for fifteen days, that is all--to Athos, whose wound still makes him suffer, to go to the waters of Forges; to Porthos and Aramis to accompany their friend, whom they are not willing to abandon in such a painful condition.
Obtaining a leave of absence, he set foot in the late summer afternoon, and soon after the rising of the full moon was walking up the gravel path leading to the dwelling in which he had been born.
The leave of absence which you have asked for the purpose of enabling you to carry into execution your designs of exploring the country to the Rocky Mountains, and beyond with a view of assertaining the nature and character of the various tribes of Indians inhabiting those regions; the trade which might be profitably carried on with them, the quality of the soil, the productions, the minerals, the natural history, the climate, the Geography, and Topography, as well as Geology of the various parts of the Country within the limits of the Territories belonging to the United States, between our frontier, and the Pacific; has been duly considered, and submitted to the War Department, for approval, and has been sanctioned.
Sergey Ivanovitch asked for all the details the princess knew about the young man, and going into the first-class waiting-room, wrote a note to the person on whom the granting of leave of absence depended, and handed it to the princess.
He took advantage of the young man's leave of absence to show him Paris, with all its luxurious and artistic delights.
But that reminds me that I must ask your leave of absence for some days.
Tell me where the box is hid, and I shall get leave of absence and go back to India in the monthly relief-boat to inquire into the affair.
Have you leave of absence, or has some misfortune happened at Paris?
Having resolved to do it without loss of time, as his leave of absence extended only to the following Saturday, and having no feelings of diffidence to make it distressing to himself even at the moment, he set about it in a very orderly manner, with all the observances, which he supposed a regular part of the business.
My lord -- I beg your highness's pardon -- but I must beg for half an hour's leave of absence.
He wrote to the king to ask for an extension of his leave of absence.