To leave off
Leave Leave, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Left} (l[e^]ft); p. pr. & vb. n. {Leaving}.] [OE. leven, AS. l?fan, fr. l[=a]f remnant, heritage; akin to lifian, libban, to live, orig., to remain; cf. bel[=i]fan to remain, G. bleiben, Goth. bileiban. [root]119. See {Live}, v.] 1. To withdraw one's self from; to go away from; to depart from; as, to leave the house. [1913 Webster]

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife. --Gen. ii. 24. [1913 Webster]

2. To let remain unremoved or undone; to let stay or continue, in distinction from what is removed or changed. [1913 Webster]

If grape gatherers come to thee, would they not leave some gleaning grapes ? --Jer. xlix. 9. [1913 Webster]

These ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. --Matt. xxiii. 23. [1913 Webster]

Besides it leaveth a suspicion, as if more might be said than is expressed. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

3. To cease from; to desist from; to abstain from. [1913 Webster]

Now leave complaining and begin your tea. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

4. To desert; to abandon; to forsake; hence, to give up; to relinquish. [1913 Webster]

Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. --Mark x. 28. [1913 Webster]

The heresies that men do leave. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. To let be or do without interference; as, I left him to his reflections; I leave my hearers to judge. [1913 Webster]

I will leave you now to your gossiplike humor. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. To put; to place; to deposit; to deliver; to commit; to submit -- with a sense of withdrawing one's self from; as, leave your hat in the hall; we left our cards; to leave the matter to arbitrators. [1913 Webster]

Leave there thy gift before the altar and go thy way. --Matt. v. 24. [1913 Webster]

The foot That leaves the print of blood where'er it walks. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

7. To have remaining at death; hence, to bequeath; as, he left a large estate; he left a good name; he left a legacy to his niece. [1913 Webster]

8. to cause to be; -- followed by an adjective or adverb describing a state or condition; as, the losses due to fire leave me penniless; The cost of defending himself left Bill Clinton with a mountain of lawyers' bills. [WordNet 1.5]

{To leave alone}. (a) To leave in solitude. (b) To desist or refrain from having to do with; as, to leave dangerous chemicals alone.

{To leave off}. (a) To desist from; to forbear; to stop; as, to leave off work at six o'clock. (b) To cease wearing or using; to omit to put in the usual position; as, to leave off a garment; to leave off the tablecloth. (c) To forsake; as, to leave off a bad habit.

{To leave out}, to omit; as, to leave out a word or name in writing.

{To leave to one's self}, to let (one) be alone; to cease caring for (one).

Syn: Syn>- To quit; depart from; forsake; abandon; relinquish; deliver; bequeath; give up; forego; resign; surrender; forbear. See {Quit}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To leave off — Leave Leave, v. i. 1. To depart; to set out. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster] By the time I left for Scotland. Carlyle. [1913 Webster] 2. To cease; to desist; to leave off. He . . . began at the eldest, and left at the youngest. Gen. xliv. 12. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To knock off — Knock Knock (n[o^]k), v. t. 1. To strike with something hard or heavy; to move by striking; to drive (a thing) against something; as, to knock a ball with a bat; to knock the head against a post; to knock a lamp off the table. [1913 Webster] When …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To come off — Come Come, v. i. [imp. {Came}; p. p. {Come}; p. pr & vb. n. {Coming}.] [OE. cumen, comen, AS. cuman; akin to OS.kuman, D. komen, OHG. queman, G. kommen, Icel. koma, Sw. komma, Dan. komme, Goth. giman, L. venire (gvenire), Gr. ? to go, Skr. gam.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To fall off — Fall Fall (f[add]l), v. i. [imp. {Fell} (f[e^]l); p. p. {Fallen} (f[add]l n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Falling}.] [AS. feallan; akin to D. vallen, OS. & OHG. fallan, G. fallen, Icel. Falla, Sw. falla, Dan. falde, Lith. pulti, L. fallere to deceive, Gr.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To put off — Put Put, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Put}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Putting}.] [AS. potian to thrust: cf. Dan. putte to put, to put into, Fries. putje; perh. akin to W. pwtio to butt, poke, thrust; cf. also Gael. put to push, thrust, and E. potter, v. i.] 1. To …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To set off — Set Set (s[e^]t), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Set}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Setting}.] [OE. setten, AS. setton; akin to OS. settian, OFries. setta, D. zetten, OHG. sezzen, G. setzen, Icel. setja, Sw. s[ a]tta, Dan. s?tte, Goth. satjan; causative from the root… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To cast off — Cast Cast (k[.a]st), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cast}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Casting}.] [Cf. Dan. kaste, Icel. & Sw. kasta; perh. akin to L. {gerere} to bear, carry. E. jest.] 1. To send or drive by force; to throw; to fling; to hurl; to impel. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To draw off — draw draw (dr[add]), v. t. [imp. {Drew} (dr[udd]); p. p. {Drawn} (dr[add]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Drawing}.] [OE. dra[yogh]en, drahen, draien, drawen, AS. dragan; akin to Icel. & Sw. draga, Dan. drage to draw, carry, and prob. to OS. dragan to bear,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To let off — Let Let, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Let} ({Letted} (l[e^]t t[e^]d), [Obs].); p. pr. & vb. n. {Letting}.] [OE. leten, l[ae]ten (past tense lat, let, p. p. laten, leten, lete), AS. l[=ae]tan (past tense l[=e]t, p. p. l[=ae]ten); akin to OFries. l[=e]ta,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To put off — Put Put (put; often p[u^]t in def. 3), v. i. 1. To go or move; as, when the air first puts up. [Obs.] Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. To steer; to direct one s course; to go. [1913 Webster] His fury thus appeased, he puts to land. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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