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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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[imac]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.
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            Therefore shall a man leave his father and his
            mother, and shall cleave unto his wife. --Gen. ii.
                                                  24.
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   2. To let remain unremoved or undone; to let stay or
      continue, in distinction from what is removed or changed.
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            If grape gatherers come to thee, would they not
            leave some gleaning grapes ?          --Jer. xlix.
                                                  9.
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            These ought ye to have done, and not to leave the
            other undone.                         --Matt. xxiii.
                                                  23.
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            Besides it leaveth a suspicion, as if more might be
            said than is expressed.               --Bacon.
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   3. To cease from; to desist from; to abstain from.
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            Now leave complaining and begin your tea. --Pope.
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   4. To desert; to abandon; to forsake; hence, to give up; to
      relinquish.
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            Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. --Mark
                                                  x. 28.
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            The heresies that men do leave.       --Shak.
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   5. To let be or do without interference; as, I left him to
      his reflections; I leave my hearers to judge.
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            I will leave you now to your gossiplike humor.
                                                  --Shak.
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   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.
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            Leave there thy gift before the altar and go thy
            way.                                  --Matt. v. 24.
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            The foot
            That leaves the print of blood where'er it walks.
                                                  --Shak.
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   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.
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   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.
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Left \Left\ (l[e^]ft), imp. & p. p.
   of Leave.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Left \Left\, a. [OE. left, lift, luft; akin to Fries. leeft, OD.
   lucht, luft; cf. AS. left (equiv. to L. inanis), lyft[=a]dl
   palsy; or cf. AS. l[=e]f weak.]
   1. Of or pertaining to that side of the body in man on which
      the muscular action of the limbs is usually weaker than on
      the other side; -- opposed to right, when used in
      reference to a part of the body; as, the left hand, or
      arm; the left ear. Also said of the corresponding side of
      the lower animals.
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   2. Situated so that the left side of the body is toward it;
      as, the left side of a deliberative meeting is that to the
      left of the presiding officer; the left wing of an army is
      that to the left of the center to one facing an enemy.
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   Left bank of a river, that which is on the left hand of a
      person whose face is turned downstream.

   Left bower. See under 2d Bower.

   Left center, the members whose sympathies are, in the main,
      with the members of the Left, but who do not favor extreme
      courses, and on occasions vote with the government. They
      sit between the Center and the extreme Left.

   Over the left shoulder, or Over the left, an old but
      still current colloquialism, or slang expression, used as
      an aside to indicate insincerity, negation, or disbelief;
      as, he said it, and it is true, -- over the left.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Left \Left\, n.
   1. That part of surrounding space toward which the left side
      of one's body is turned; as, the house is on the left when
      you face North.
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            Put that rose a little more to the left. --Ld.
                                                  Lytton.
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   2. Those members of a legislative assembly (as in France) who
      are in the opposition; the advanced republicans and
      extreme radicals. They have their seats at the left-hand
      side of the presiding officer. See Center, and Right.
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