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To leave a message for one. I left word with the front desk when I came by to see you earlier.
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leave word (with someone)
Fig. to leave a message with someone (who will pass the message on to someone else). If you decide to go to the convention, please leave word with my secretary. Leave word before you go. I left word with your brother. Didn't he give you the message?
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Leave a message, as in Please leave word at the desk when you check out, or I left word abut my plans with the secretary; didn't she tell you? This expression employs word in the sense of "information," a usage dating from the 10th century.
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leave ˈword (with somebody)leave a message with somebody: He left word with his secretary about where to contact him if necessary.
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