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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 weeks’ annual 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.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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