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leave sb. (1 also in phr. “by , under of, by your , with your leave, have leave.”)
1. permission Gent. II. iv. 25 “Give him ” (=make allowances for him), Err. I. i. 35 “I'll utter what my sorrow gives me ” (=allows), 3H6 III. ii. 34 “you will have leave” (=you will be free to do as you please), Ven. 568 “love, whose exceeds commission.”
2. permission to depart; used in polite forms of (i) bidding farewell Wiv. III. ii. 29, Mer.V. II. iv. 15 “By your , sir.—Whither goest thou?” ; (ii) dismissal John I. i. 230 “wilt thou give us leave awhile?” (i.e. leave us alone), 3H6 III. ii. 33, Rom. I. iii. 7; Tw.N. II. iv. 73 “Give me now to leave thee” [dismissing the clown], Wint. II. i. 123, 1H4 I. iii. 20 “You have good to leave us” ; similarly “take” (one's) “leave” (freq.)=orig. to receive permission to depart (cf. All'sW. V. iii. 79 “took her ” =bade her farewell).
3. leave-taking Mac. IV. iii. 236 “Our lack is nothing but our ” (i.e. taking leave of the king, or (?) an instance of sense 2), Ham. I. iii. 54 “Occasion smiles upon a second leave.”
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