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Leave, vb. (impf. and partic. left); 1) to part from, to quit: “to love that well which thou must l. ere long,” Sonn. 73, 14. “I will l. him,” Tp. II, 2, 103. III, 3, 91. IV, 72. IV, 72 V, 9. Gent. I, 1, 64. II, 4, 119. III, 1, 165. Mids. II, 1, 215. Tw. II, 5, 211 etc. In a courteous style, == to dismiss: “give me now leave to l. thee,” Tw. II, 4, 74. Caes. I, 2, 31. “I'll l. you till night,” Hml. II, 2, 572. Peculiar passage: “a jewel that too casually hath left mine arm,” Cymb. II, 3, 147.
2) to forsake, to desert: “to l. my Julia,” Gent. II, 6, 1. “desolate and left,” IV, 4, 179. “did Angelo so l. her?” Meas. III, 1, 233. Meas. III, 1, 233 “since night you left me,” Mids. III, 2, 275. Merch. V, 150. H6A III, 2, 107. III, 3, 20. Troil. III, 2, 156. Ant. III, 11, 19 etc.
3) to let remain in departing: “and left Adonis there,” Ven. 322. “whom I left cooling of the air,” Tp. I, 2, 222. “who I have left asleep,” Tp. I, 2, 222 “and here was left by the sailors,” Tp. I, 2, 222 “and left thee there,” Tp. I, 2, 222 “I left them all in health,” Gent. II, 4, 124. “and l. no memory of what it was,” V, 4, 10. Err. I, 1, 43. Mids. III, 2, 32. John IV, 3, 104. R2 II, 3, 154. Ant. V, 2, 242 etc. With “behind:” Tp. III, 3, 41. IV, 156 etc. == to have remaining at death: “what acceptable audit canst thou l.?” Sonn. 4, 12. “thou no form of thee hast left behind,” 9, 6. “thou left'st me nothing,” Pilgr. 138. Pilgr. 138 Wiv. I, 1, 59. Merch. I, 1, 161. Hml. V, 2, 235 etc.
4) not to touch, not to take, to spare, to save; absol.: “here, there, and every where, he --s and takes,” Troil. V, 5, 26. Trans.: as though I knew not what to “l. and what to take,” Shr. I, 1, 105. cf. Compl. 305 and Lr. I, 1, 208. “then l. her,” Lr. I, 1, 208 “to l. the figure or disfigure it,” Mids. I, 1, 51. “you'll l. yourself hardly one subject,” Wint. II, 3, 111. “we will not l. one lord,” H6B IV, 2, 194 etc. left == untouched, unspent, remaining: “but the very smell were left me,” Ven. 441. “have no perfection of my summer left,” Lucr. 837. Gent. V, 4, 50. Err. II, 1, 115. V, 315. Ado I, 1, 71. IV, 1, 173. Mids. V, 355. Merch. IV, 1, 366. Wint. III, 3, 136. Mcb. I, 4, 20. Cymb. IV, 2, 304 etc. “endowed with all that Adam had left him, before he transgressed,” Ado II, 1, 259. “of all my lands is nothing left me,” H6C V, 2, 26. “hast the comfort of thy children left thee,” R3 II, 2, 56 (Ff om. thee).
Peculiar passage: “thou art left Marcius,” Cor. I, 4, 54; perhaps == whatever may be thy fate, thou art Marcius to the last. M. Edd. thou art left, Marcius, i. e. forsaken; Singer lost, Nicholson reft.
5) to desist, to discontinue, to cease; absol.: “where did I l.?” Ven. 715. “where left we last?” Shr. III, 1, 26. R2 V, 2, 4. “let us not l. till all our own be won,” H4A V, 5, 44. H6B III, 2, 333. H8 IV, 2, 94. Hml. II, 1, 51. Cymb. I, 4, 109. II, 2, 4. Per. II, 1, 46. Trans.; followed by an accus.: “to l. the battery,” Compl. 277. “l. me your snatches,” Meas. IV, 2, 6. “this fool-begged patience in thee will be left,” Err. II, 1, 41. since you left it (apprehension) Ado III, 4, 69. “l. this chat,” LLL IV, 3, 284. Mids. II, 1, 197. IV, 1, 21. John V, 7, 86. H4A V, 4, 168. H6A IV, 1, 108. R3 I, 2, 115. III, 7, 108. H8 V, 4, 1. Cor. IV, 1, 1 etc. By a gerund: “bids them l. quaking,” Ven. 899. “l. thy peeping,” Lucr. 1089. “l. hollaing,” Merch. V, 43. Tw. I, 5, 29. Wint. IV, 4, 109. H4A II, 4, 34. H6A I, 4, 81. H6B II, 3, 80. Rom. I, 3, 44. Caes. IV, 3, 274 etc. By an inf.: “we l. to be the things we are,” Lucr. 148. “I cannot l. to love,” Gent. II, 6, 17. Gent. II, 6, 17 III, 1, 182. H6B II, 1, 182. H6C II, 2, 168. Troil. III, 3, 133. Hml. III, 4, 66 etc. -- To l. off == to cease: “l. off discourse of disability,” Gent. II, 4, 109. “l. off delays,” H6A I, 2, 146. “l. off to wonder,” H6C IV, 5, 2.
6) to part with, to give away, to renounce: “to l. for nothing all thy sum of good,” Sonn. 109, 12. “you loved not her, to l. her token,” Gent. IV, 4, 79. “l. her on such slight conditions,” V, 4, 138. “ere I will l. her,” Wiv. III, 5, 130. he would not l. it (the ring) Merch. V, 172. “how unwillingly I left the ring,” Merch. V, 172 I may not l. it (my office) “so,” R3 IV, 1, 27. “now you have left your voices, I have no further with you,” Cor. II, 3, 180. “will not l. their tinct,” Hml. III, 4, 91.
7) to abandon, to cede, to commit in departing, to confide, to surrender: I l. it to your honourable survey, Ven. Dedic. Hml. III, 4, 91 “I l. him to your hand,” Meas. V, 491. “left the ship to us,” Err. I, 1, 78. “I'll l. him to the officer,” IV, 1, 61. Mids. II, 1, 228. V, 241. Merch. IV, 1, 164. V, 235. All's II, 5, 76. H4A III, 1, 259. H6A IV, 6, 3. H6B III, 2, 93. R3 I, 2, 211. Cor. IV, 7, 16. Hml. I, 5, 86 etc. “left me naked to mine enemies,” H8 III, 2, 458; cf. “left me bare to weather,” Cymb. III, 3, 64. l. us to ourselves == leave us alone, H6C V, 6, 6. Oth. III, 3, 85. “l. the world for me to bustle in,” R3 I, 1, 152. “pardon me for bringing these ill news, since you did l. it for my office,” Rom. V, 1, 23. With off: “the schools have left off the danger to itself,” All's I, 3, 247.
8) to commit, not to prevent from beginning or incurring, to give up; with to: “left me to a bootless inquisition,” Tp. I, 2, 35. “to the hopeful execution do I l. you of your commissions,” Meas. I, 1, 60. “l. you to the hearing of the cause,” II, 1, 141. “but l. we him to his events,” III, 2, 252. “I will l. you to your humour,” Ado V, 1, 188. “and l. you to the crutch,” H6C III, 2, 35 etc. With an inf., almost == to let, to suffer: “you barely l. our thorns to prick ourselves,” All's IV, 2, 19. “England now is left to tug and scamble,” John IV, 3, 145. “him did you l. to look upon the hideous god of war,” H4B II, 3, 33. “and l. my followers here to fight and die,” H6A IV, 5, 45. “and l. your brothers to go speed elsewhere,” H6C IV, 1, 58. “l. us to cure this cause,” Cor. III, 1, 235. “how worthy he is I will l. to appear hereafter,” Cymb. I, 4, 33 etc.
9) to let be, to suffer to be: “to l. no rubs nor botches in the work,” Mcb. III, 1, 134. “where have you left the money?” Err. I, 2, 54; cf. Tp. IV, 170. Tp. IV, 170 “all that is mine I l. at thy dispose,” Gent. II, 7, 86. “l. me not behind thee,” As III, 3, 103. “--ing the fear of God on the left hand,” Wiv. II, 2, 23. “the rank of osiers left on your right hand brings you to the place,” As IV, 3, 81. With a double accus.: “l. the faltering feeble souls alive,” Lucr. 1768. “thou art left the prey of every vulgar thief,” Sonn. 48, 8. “--s unswayed the likeness of a man,” 141, 11. “l. not the mansion so long tenantless,” Gent. V, 4, 8. Meas. I, 1, 55. III, 1, 73. Err. I, 1, 136. Mids. III, 1, 57. H4B I, 3, 60. H4B I, 3, 60 Cor. II, 2, 22. Cymb. III, 1, 10 etc. to l. alone == a) to quit: Ven. 382. Sonn. 66, 14. Meas. III, 1, 180. Ado III, 1, 13. Shr. Ind. 2, 118. John III, 1, 64 etc. b) to let alone: “the fools are mad, if left alone,” Gent. III, 1, 99. “l. me alone to woo him,” As I, 3, 135. to l. off == not to put on, not to wear: “he goes in his doublet and hose and --s off his wit,” Ado V, 1, 203. to l. out == a) to omit, not to do, not to mention: “we must l. the killing out,” Mids. III, 1, 15. “left I his title out,” R2 III, 3, 11. R3 I, 3, 216. II, 2, 111. Cor. II, 2, 53. Caes. I, 2, 11. Ant. II, 5, 113. Cymb. V, 5, 244. b) to disregard, to neglect: “my verse, one thing expressing, --s out difference,” Sonn. 105, 8. “mannerly distinguishment l. out betwixt the prince and beggar,” Wint. II, 1, 86. “that I l. out ceremony,” IV, 4, 526. c) not to admit, not to make a partner, to exclude: “to bear your griefs yourself and l. me out,” As I, 3, 105. “each hath his place; I am left out,” H6A I, 1, 174. “l. me out on't,” H8 II, 3, 102. “let us not l. him out,” Caes. II, 1, 143. Caes. II, 1, 143 out-went her (nature), “motion and breath left out,” Cymb. II, 4, 85 (== excepted).
10) to establish for future remembrance: “we'll l. a proof . . . wives may be merry,” Wiv. IV, 2, 106.
11) to depart, to die: “what is't to l. betimes?” Hml. V, 2, 235.
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