Etymology: Middle English leven, from Old English lǣfan; akin to Old High German verleiben to leave, Old English belīfan to be left over, and perhaps to Lithuanian lipti to adhere, Greek lipos grease, fat
Date: before 12th century
(1) bequeath, devise <left a fortune to his son> (2) to have remaining after one's death <leaves a widow and two children> b. to cause to remain as a trace or aftereffect <oil leaves a stain> <the wound left an ugly scar> 2. a. to cause or allow to be or remain in a specified condition <leave the door open> <his manner left me cold> b. to fail to include or take along <left the notes at home> <the movie leaves a lot out> c. to have as a remainder <4 from 7 leaves 3> d. to permit to be or remain subject to another's action or control <just leave everything to me> e. let f. to cause or allow to be or remain available <leave room for expansion> <left myself an out> 3. a. to go away from ; depart <leave the room> b. desert, abandon <left his wife> c. to terminate association with ; withdraw from <left school before graduation> 4. to put, deposit, or deliver before or in the process of departing <I left a package for you> <leave a message> intransitive verb set out, depart • leaver noun Usage: Leave (sense 2e) with the infinitive but without to <leave it be> is a mostly spoken idiom used in writing especially for humorous effect. It is not often criticized in British English, but American commentators, adhering to an opinion first expressed in 1881, still dislike it. II. noun Etymology: Middle English leve, from Old English lēaf; akin to Middle High German loube permission, Old English alȳfan to allow — more at believe Date: before 12th century 1. a. permission to do something b. authorized especially extended absence from duty or employment 2. an act of leaving ; departure III. intransitive verb (leaved; leaving) Etymology: Middle English leven, from leef leaf Date: 14th century leaf
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.