Many phrasal verbs contain the word ‘leave‘ but it can mean many different things. As a verb, the meaning is to go away from or depart.​

For example:

  • If you don’t start behaving, I’ll ask you to leave. (go away from)
  • We are leaving at 7 am sharp. (depart)


Leave is an irregular verb. The past tense is left and the past participle is also left.


FUN FACT – The past tense of leave is ‘left’. Left is also an adjective and adverb meaning on the left side (opposite to the right). They are spelt and pronounced the same but differ in meaning. This type of word is called a homonym.

phrasal verbs with leave

They include:

  • leave against
    meaning – place an object touching another object
    example – I’ll leave the groceries against the door.
  • leave at
    meaning – a time to go
    example – I left the party at 7.
  • leave behind
    meaning – forget
    example – I’m always leaving something behind.
  • leave for
    meaning – go to a place
    example – I left for work at 8.
  • leave in
    meaning – an amount of time to go
    example – We’ll be leaving in 5 minutes.
  • leave next to
    meaning – place an object beside another object
    example – Please leave your dirty clothes next to the washing machine.
  • leave off
    meaning – stop doing something
    example – Leave off, stop messing up my hair!
  • leave on
    meaning – a date to go
    example – He left on Monday.
  • leave out
    meaning – omit
    example – I’m leaving the celery out of the soup recipe.
  • leave over
    meaning – amount of something remaining
    example – The decorations left over from my birthday can be used for Sarah’s party.
  • leave under
    meaning – place an object beneath another object
    example – Leave the envelope under the folder on my desk.
  • leave until
    meaning – delay doing one thing until other things have been done
    example – My son has left his revision until the last minute again.
  • leave up to
    meaning – give someone the responsibility
    example – I don’t mind which pub we go to. I’ll leave it up to you.
  • leave with
    meaning – depart from a place with a person or object
    example – left home with a leather jacket and came back with a hoody.

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phrasal verbs with leave

Let’s learn the meaning of the phrasal verbs that contain the verb ‘leave’ in more detail and see some examples in use.

phrasal verbs with leave list - leave against meaning
phrasal verbs with leave - leave at
phrasal verbs with leave - leave behind
phrasal verbs with leave - leave for
phrasal verbs with leave - leave in
phrasal verbs with leave list - leave next to meaning
phrasal verbs with leave - leave off
phrasal verbs with leave - leave on
phrasal verbs with leave - leave out
phrasal verbs with leave list - leave over meaning
phrasal verbs with leave - leave under
phrasal verbs with leave list - leave until meaning
phrasal verbs with leave list - leave until meaning
phrasal verbs with leave list - leave with meaning

Now you’re a pro, try and answer the following questions:

  • Have you ever left work at midnight?
  • Did you leave anything behind the last time you went on holiday?
  • What time do you leave for work?
  • Do you often leave in a hurry?
  • Who was the last person you told to leave off?
  • When was the last time you felt left out?
  • Do you leave things under your bed?

You can download a table of phrasal verbs with leave below to study at your leisure.

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