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.
Have you leave of absence, or has some misfortune happened at Paris?
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.
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.
His leave of absence will soon expire, and he must return to his regiment.
His days being spent at a great office in the city, he got leave of absence for a couple of hours, met his wife, went with her to the registrar's, returned to his office, worked the rest of the day as usual, and then went to his new home to find his wife and dinner awaiting him,--all just as it was going to be every night for so many happy years.
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.
To comply with this request of holding a few as hostages for the surrender of the whole body, was deemed inconsistent with his instructions; but, as there could be no objection to allow a small number of them to return to their homes, permission was given to them to choose ten for the District of Minas (Horton) and ten for the District of Canard (Cornwallis) to whom leave of absence was given for one day, and on whose return a similar number were indulged in the same manner.
On the 10th of June, the party was a little to the east of the Wind River Mountains, where they halted for a time in excellent pasturage, to give their horses a chance to recruit their strength for a long journey; for it was Captain Bonneville's intention to shape his course to the settlements; having already been detained by the complication of his duties, and by various losses and impediments, far beyond the time specified in his leave of absence.
Just as Boris' leave of absence was expiring, Anatole Kuragin made his appearance in Moscow, and of course in the Karagins' drawing room, and Julie, suddenly abandoning her melancholy, became cheerful and very attentive to Kuragin.
Alban Morris has got leave of absence, and is coming here to-morrow.
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.