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noun [uncountable] leave pronunciation in British English /liːv/
  1. 1
    a period of time away from your job or from the armed forces

    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 or the armed forces):

    I met her while I was on leave.

    See also  leave of absence
  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.

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