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Leave, subst. 1) permission, allowance, liberty granted: “I shall crave of you your l. that I may bear my evils alone,” Tw. II, 1, 6. “entering his fee-simple without l.” H6B IV, 10, 28. “without his l.” V, 1, 21. “fair l. and large security,” Troil. I, 3, 223. “as I had l. of means,” Tim. II, 2, 136 (== as my means allowed). “he hath wrung from me my slow l.” Hml. I, 2, 58. “woo for l. to do him good,” III, 4, 155 etc. “your l. and favour to return to France,” I, 2, 51. “by my father's love and l.” Shr. I, 1, 5. “to give l.:” Sonn. 39, 10. Wiv. I, 4, 128. Meas. I, 1, 61. Meas. I, 1, 61 IV, 2, 156. V, 272. LLL V, 2, 342. Mids. II, 1, 206. As I, 1, 109 “(good l.).” I, 2, 167. H6A V, 3, 43 etc. Sometimes == to excuse, to pardon: “do you change colour? Give him l.; he is a kind of chameleon,” Gent. II, 4, 25. “I'll utter what my sorrow gives me l.” Err. I, 1, 36. “to have l.:” Merch. IV, 1, 364. Shr. I, 1, 54. I, 2, 136 etc. “to have good l.” Merch. III, 2, 326. H4A I, 3, 20. by l. == with permission: Caes. III, 1, 239. by a person's l. == with a p.'s permission: All's IV, 4, 13. Wint. V, 1, 70. H6C II, 2, 63. Cor. III, 1, 282. under l. of Brutus == with Brutus' permission, Caes. III, 2, 86. Used as a mere phrase of courtesy: “have at it then, by l.” Cymb. V, 5, 315. by your l. == under your favour: Wiv. I, 1, 200. III, 5, 27. Meas. II, 1, 126. IV, 3, 115 (cf. Cymb. II, 3, 70). V, 367. Ado IV, 1, 24. Merch. III, 2, 140. Merch. III, 2, 140 Shr. IV, 4, 24. V, 2, 189. Tw. II, 5, 103. III, 1, 117. H6B II, 1, 3. R3 IV, 1, 13. H8 I, 4, 85. Rom. II, 6, 36. Caes. V, 3, 89. Cymb. II, 3, 81. L. alone, == under your pardon: “l., gentle wax,” Lr. IV, 6, 264; Cymb. III, 2, 35; cf. Tw. II, 5, 103. with l., in the same sense: Merch. III, 2, 251. “with your l. and favour,” H6C III, 3, 60.
Often used as a courteous form of bidding farewell: “by your l.” Wiv. III, 2, 28. Merch. II, 4, 15. give us l. awhile == leave us alone, Gent. III, 1, 1. Wiv. II, 2, 165. John I, 230. John I, 230 H4A III, 2, 1. H6A I, 2, 70. H6C III, 2, 33. Rom. I, 3, 7 etc. “give me now l. to l. thee,” Tw. II, 4, 74 (== please to go). “my women, come; you have l.” Wint. II, 1, 124. “you have good l. to l. us,” H4A I, 3, 20; cf. H6C III, 2, 34.
2) liberty, license: “things out of hope are compassed oft with venturing, chiefly in love, whose l. exceeds commission,” Ven. 568. “you will have l., till youth take l.” H6C III, 2, 34.
3) ceremony of departure, farewell: “our lack is nothing but our l.” Mcb. IV, 3, 237. “occasion smiles upon a second l.” Hml. I, 3, 54. “to take l.” Tw. III, 4, 217. H6C III, 2, 35. “take ten thousand --s,” H6B III, 2, 354. “let us take our l.” Gent. I, 1, 56. “I'll take my l.” Meas. II, 1, 140. Ado I, 1, 102. LLL V, 2, 882. Merch. IV, 1, 420. H6A I, 1, 165. H6C II, 6, 42. H8 V, 1, 9. Troil. III, 2, 147. Ant. V, 2, 133 etc. “to take their l.” Merch. I, 2, 136. “we take our --s,” Per. II, 5, 13. “the last time that e'er I took her l. at court,” All's V, 3, 79 (bade her farewell). “to take l. of:” Tp. I, 1, 68. Merch. II, 2, 162 etc. “to take one's l. of:” Ven. 2. Gent. IV, 4, 38. Meas. I, 4, 90. Merch. II, 2, 176. H6A IV, 5, 52. R3 IV, 1, 91 etc. “taking their --s of me,” Cor. IV, 5, 139.
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