Leave

English vocabulary and translations (See all)

Want to improve your English? Try our online English lessons for free.

Definition

to leave: to exit, to go away, to depart; to abandon, to deposit, to give over
verb
When do you leave for France? When are you going to France?
I've left five messages on her answerphone. I rang and recorded five messages on her answerphone.
I left the country two years ago. I exited the country two years ago.

This is an irregular verb:
I leave / I left / I have left

(there's nothing) left: (there's nothing) remaining, (there is) no more
verb
There's still some food left. There is still some food that hasn't been eaten.
What is left to do? What remains to be done?

Pronunciation examples
UK: I'd like to leave the office early today.
US: You left early yesterday. Get back to work.
If the audio player isn't working:

Examples

  • "This leaves precious few possibilities, but I have a couple of thoughts which strike me as legitimate options."
  • "I'm leaving to pursue my love of whisky full time."
  • "With Brexit, your cheese will leave the EU very soon!"
  • "He is begging me not to leave him. I am laughing in his face whilst caressing my younger lover's large pectorals."
  • "Also, I left some chocolate in your top drawer."
  • "Sam : Okay, well that leaves Friday afternoon then."
  • "As you all know, it's been exactly one month since Bruno left the company in search of happiness, and exactly one month since I've been the interim CEO in his place."
  • "The children are the future, so leave these kids alone!"
  • "All the tea, crumpets and Sudoku in the world cannot fill my void since leaving the Delavigne Corporation."
  • "It's not easy to say this, but I'm leaving you."

Still having difficulties with 'Leave'? Want to improve your English? Try our online English lessons and receive a free level assessment.


Do you have smart way of remembering 'Leave'? Share it with us!