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leave vb. (the usual mod. senses are freq.)
1. to abandon, forsake, give up Gent. V. iv. 138, Mer.V. V. i. 196 “how unwillingly I left the ring,” Cor. II. iii. 180 “now you have left your voices,” Ham. III. iv. 91 “such . . . grained spots As will not their tinct.”
2. to desist from, stop, discontinue,=‘leave off’ Meas. IV. ii. 6 “ me your snatches,” Mer.V. V. i. 43 “ hollaing,” R3 I. ii. 116 “To this keen encounter of our wits,” Cor. IV. i. 1 “Come your tears,” Lucr. 1089 “ thy peeping” ; with infin. Gent. II. vi. 17 “I cannot leave to love,” Ham. III. iv. 66.
3. to cease, desist 2H6 III. ii. 333 “You bade me ban, and will you bid me ?,” Per. II. i. 47; to break off in a narrative, reading, or conversation Shr. III. i. 26, Ham. II. i. 51 “I was about to say something; where did I ?,” Cym. II. ii. 4 “Fold down the leaf where I have left,” Ven. 715.
4. “left out,” excepted Cym. II. iv. 85.
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