French leave. See under French.

Syn. — See Liberty.

(Leave), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Left (left); p. pr. & vb. n. Leaving.] [OE. leven, AS. lfan, fr. laf remnant, heritage; akin to lifian, libban, to live, orig., to remain; cf. belifan to remain, G. bleiben, Goth. bileiban. &radic119. See Live, v.]

1. To withdraw one's self from; to go away from; to depart from; as, to leave the house.

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife.
Gen. ii. 24.

2. To let remain unremoved or undone; to let stay or continue, in distinction from what is removed or changed.

If grape gatherers come to thee, would they not leave some gleaning grapes ?
Jer. xlix. 9.

These ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Matt. xxiii. 23.

Besides it leaveth a suspicion, as if more might be said than is expressed.

3. To cease from; to desist from; to abstain from.

Now leave complaining and begin your tea.

(Leath"er*wood`), n. (Bot.) A small branching shrub with a white, soft wood, and a tough, leathery bark, common in damp woods in the Northern United States; — called also moosewood, and wicopy. Gray.

(Leath"er*y) a. Resembling leather in appearance or consistence; tough. "A leathery skin." Grew.

(Leave) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Leaved ; p. pr. & vb. n. Leaving] To send out leaves; to leaf; — often with out. G. Fletcher.

(Leave), v. t. [See Levy.] To raise; to levy. [Obs.]

An army strong she leaved.

(Leave), n. [OE. leve, leave, AS. leáf; akin to leóf pleasing, dear, E. lief, D. oorlof leave, G. arlaub, and erlauben to permit, Icel. leyfi. &radic124. See Lief.]

1. Liberty granted by which restraint or illegality is removed; permission; allowance; license.

David earnestly asked leave of me.
1 Sam. xx. 6.

No friend has leave to bear away the dead.

2. The act of leaving or departing; a formal parting; a leaving; farewell; adieu; — used chiefly in the phrase, to take leave, i. e., literally, to take permission to go.

A double blessing is a'double grace;
Occasion smiles upon a second leave.

And Paul after this tarried there yet a good while, and then took his leave of the brethren.
Acts xviii. 18.

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