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noun [uncountable] leave pronunciation in American English /liv/
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  1. 1
    a period of time away from your job, school, or the military

    Tony, who had been granted leave, was home for several weeks.

    You are entitled to six weeksannual leave.

    on leave (=away from your job , school, or the military):

    I met her while I was on leave.

  2. 2
    formal permission
    leave to do something:

    You’ve been granted leave to appeal against the decision.

    absent without leave:

    Sanchez was absent without leave from Fort Liley.

    by someone’s leave (=with someone’s permission):

    By your leave, I’ll see to the arrangements immediately.



used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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