1 period of time when you do not go to work
ADJ. annual | paid, unpaid | extended, indefinite, weekend | compassionate, maternity, parental, paternity, sabbatical, sick, study | home, shore
VERB + LEAVE be entitled to, get, have How much annual leave do you get? I've still got some leave left this year. | go on, spend, take, use (up) She spent most of her leave with her family. I've still got some leave to use up. | save I'm saving all my leave to have a long holiday later in the year. | cancel When the war broke out all leave was cancelled. | give sb, grant sb | be due for, be owed | apply for
LEAVE + NOUN entitlement
PREP. on ~ She's on leave until the end of the month.
2 official permission to do sth
VERB + LEAVE ask, request He asked leave to absent himself for four days. | give sb, grant sb | obtain | refuse sb
PREP. by sb's ~ The appeal can only be brought by leave of the trial judge. | with/without sb's ~ No application may be made without the leave of the court.
PHRASES absent without leave, leave of absence, without (so much as) a by your leave (= without asking permission)
VERB + LEAVE decide to | intend to, plan to, want to | be ready to We were all packed and ready to leave. | be about to, be going to Did you want something? I was just about to leave. | threaten to My secretary has threatened to leave. | attempt to, try to They were caught trying to leave the country. | refuse to | be compelled to, be forced to, be obliged to | ask sb to, order sb to They were being extremely rowdy and the manager had to ask them leave. | allow sb to, let sb I wanted to leave but they wouldn't let me. | enable sb to
PREP. for They left for Scotland this morning.