leave on

Also found in: Dictionary.
Related to leave on: lean on
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!

leave (something) on

1. To continue wearing something, especially an article of clothing. Please don't leave your shoes on in the house.
2. To have something remain on someone or something else; to not take something off of someone or something else. Leave the costumes on the kids for a little longer—I want to take some photos! Just leave the report on my desk.
3. To keep something operational or switched to an "on" position; to not turn something off. Someone left the lights on the whole time we were gone. Our electricity bill is going to be enormous. I need to do some work later, so you can leave the computer on.
See also: leave, on
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

leave something on someone or something

to allow something to remain on someone or something. Leave the coats on the children. We are taking them out to a movie almost immediately. Who left this book on the table?
See also: leave, on

leave something on

1. to continue to wear some article of clothing. I think I will leave my coat on. It's chilly in here. I'll leave on my coat.
2. to allow something [that can be turned off] to remain on. Who left the radio on? Please leave on the light for me.
See also: leave, on
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

leave on

1. To continue wearing something: I accidentally left my watch on when I went swimming. There's broken glass on the floor, so leave on your shoes.
2. To have something remain operational, switched to an on position: She leaves the radio on all night when she goes to sleep. He left on some lights because he knew he'd return after dark.
See also: leave, on
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
See also: