What does ‘leave’ mean?

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

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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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