Synonyms of leave in English:



  • 1 I left the hotel
    depart from, go away from, go from, withdraw from, retire from, take oneself off from, exit from, take one's leave of, pull out of, quit, be gone from, decamp from, disappear from, abandon, vacate, absent oneself from, evacuate; say one's farewells/goodbyes, make off, clear out, make oneself scarce, check out; abscond from, run away from, flee (from), fly from, bolt from, go AWOL, take French leave, escape (from)
    informal push off, shove off, cut, cut and run, do a bunk, do a disappearing act, split, vamoose, scoot, clear off, take off, make tracks, up sticks, pack one's bags, flit
    British informal sling one's hook
    [Antonyms] arrive come stay
  • 2 the next morning we left for Leicester
    set off, head, make, begin one's journey, set sail
  • 3 he's left his wife
    abandon, desert, discard, turn one's back on, cast aside, cast off, jilt, leave in the lurch, leave high and dry, throw over, leave stranded, brush off
    informal dump, ditch, chuck, drop, walk out on, run out on, rat on, leave flat
    British informal give someone the push, give someone the elbow, give someone the big E, bin off
    archaic forsake
    [Antonyms] stay with
  • 4 he left his job in November
    quit, give up, abandon, move from, resign from, retire from, bow out of, step down from, withdraw from, get out of, pull out of, back out of
    [Antonyms] stay in
  • 5 she left her handbag on a bus
    leave behind, omit to take, forget, lose, mislay
  • 6 I thought I'd leave it to the experts
    entrust, hand over, pass on, refer; delegate; assign, consign, allot, give, commit
  • 7 when he died he left her £100,000
    bequeath, will, endow, hand down, transfer, convey, make over; Lawdemise, devise
  • 8 the speech left some feelings of disappointment
  • Phrases

    leave someone in the lurch

    I wouldn't have left the club if it meant leaving them in the lurch
    [Antonyms] help support come to the aid of
    leave in troublelet downleave helplessleave strandedleave high and dryabandondesertbetrayNorth American informalbail on archaicforsake

    leave off

    informal I wish he would leave off hanging around with them
    [Antonyms] continue go on
    stopceasefinishdesist fromkeep frombreak offlay offgive updiscontinuerefrain fromrestrain oneself fromhold back fromswear offresist the temptation tostop oneself fromwithhold fromeschewconcludeterminatesuspendbring to an endrenounceforswearforbearrelinquishNorth Americanquit informalgive overknock offjack something in

    leave someone/something out

  • 1 Adam left out the address on the letter
    miss out, omit, omit by accident, fail to include, overlook, pass over, neglect to notice, leave unnoticed, forget; skip, miss, jump
    [Antonyms] include
  • 2 he was left out of the England squad
    exclude, omit, except, eliminate, drop, count out, disregard, ignore, reject, pass over, neglect, cut out, do away with, bar, debar, keep out
    [Antonyms] include
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    Pronunciation: ˌhɪpnə(ʊ)ˈpɒmpɪk
    relating to the state immediately preceding waking up

    Synonyms of leave in English:



  • 1 the judge granted leave to appeal
    permission, consent, authorization, sanction, warrant, dispensation, concession, indulgence, approval, clearance, blessing, agreement, backing, assent, acceptance, confirmation, ratification, mandate, licence, acquiescence, concurrence, liberty, freedom
    informal the go-ahead, the green light, the OK, the rubber stamp
  • 2 he was on leave from the Royal Engineers
    holiday, break, time off, furlough, sabbatical, leave of absence, a day/week/month off, leisure time, respite, breathing space; half-term, bank holiday, recess; North Americanvacation
    informal hols, vac
    North American informal vacay
  • 3 if you will excuse me, I will now take my leave of you
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    leave, permission, consent, authorization

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    leave, holiday, vacation, break
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