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Related to leave off: left off
v. left (lĕft), leav·ing, leaves
1. To go out of or away from: not allowed to leave the room.
a. To go without taking or removing: left my book on the bus.
b. To omit or exclude: left out the funniest part of the story.
3. To have as a result, consequence, or remainder: The car left a trail of exhaust fumes. Two from eight leaves six.
4. To cause or allow to be or remain in a specified state: left the lights on.
a. To have remaining after death: left a young son.
b. To bequeath: left her money to charity.
6. To give over to another to control or act on: Leave all the details to us.
a. To abandon or forsake: leave home; left her husband.
b. To remove oneself from association with or participation in: left the navy for civilian life.
a. To give or deposit, as for use or information, upon one's departure or in one's absence: He left a note for you. Leave your name and address.
b. To cause or permit to be or remain: left myself plenty of time.
9. Nonstandard To allow or permit; let.
To set out or depart; go: When can you leave?
1. To stop; cease.
2. To stop doing or using.
To refrain from disturbing or interfering.
leave no stone unturned
To make every possible effort.
Usage Note: In formal writing leave is not an acceptable substitute for let in the sense "to allow or permit." Thus in the following examples, only let should be used: Let me be. Let him go. Let us not quarrel. This use of leave is normally edited out of written prose but remains common in speech. · Leave alone is an acceptable substitute for let alone in the sense "to refrain from disturbing or interfering with." As far back as 1968, a majority of the Usage Panel approved the following example: Leave him alone, and he will produce. Some people feel that leave alone should mean simply "to depart from someone who remains in solitude," as in They were left alone in the wilderness. There is no harm in observing this restriction, but expecting it of others is unrealistic.
1. Permission to do something. See Synonyms at permission.
2. An act of departing; a farewell: took leave of her with a heavy heart.
3. See leave of absence.
[Middle English leve, from Old English lēafe, dative and accusative of lēaf; see leubh- in Indo-European roots.]
intr.v. leaved, leav·ing, leaves
To put forth foliage; leaf.
[Middle English leaven, from leaf, leaf; see leaf.]
1. (intr) to stop; cease
2. (tr, adverb) to stop wearing or using
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|Verb||1.||leave off - come to an end, stop or cease; "the road leaves off at the edge of the forest"; "leave off where you started"|
discontinue - come to or be at an end; "the support from our sponsoring agency will discontinue after March 31"
|2.||leave off - prevent from being included or considered or accepted; "The bad results were excluded from the report"; "Leave off the top piece"|
do away with, eliminate, get rid of, extinguish - terminate, end, or take out; "Let's eliminate the course on Akkadian hieroglyphics"; "Socialism extinguished these archaic customs"; "eliminate my debts"
elide - leave or strike out; "This vowel is usually elided before a single consonant"
|3.||leave off - stop using; "leave off your jacket--no need to wear it here"|
1. To move or proceed away from a place:
3. To give up or leave without intending to return or claim again:
1. To come to a cessation:
Idiom: come to a halt.
2. To cease trying to accomplish or continue:
Informal: swear off.
Slang: lay off.
vt sep clothes → nicht anziehen; lid → nicht darauf tun, ablassen (inf); radio, lights → auslassen; umlaut → weglassen; you can leave your coat off → du brauchst deinen Mantel nicht anzuziehen; don’t leave the top off your pen → lass den Füllhalter nicht offen or ohne Kappe liegen; you left her name off the list → Sie haben ihren Namen nicht in die Liste aufgenommen
vi +prep obj (inf) → aufhören; we left off work after lunch → wir haben nach dem Mittagessen Feierabend gemacht; leave off doing that, will you! → hör auf damit, ja?