take leave(redirected from take a leave)
1. To depart. In this usage, a personal pronoun is used between "take" and "leave." Unfortunately, it's time for me to take my leave of you lovely people.
2. To take an extended, authorized absence from some thing or place. In this usage, "a" can be used between "take" and "leave." Did you know that George is taking leave? His last day is today. I'll need to take a leave from work when the baby is born.
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take (one's) leave (of someone)
to say good-bye to someone and leave. I took leave of the hostess at an early hour. One by one, the guests took their leave.
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take (your) ˈleave (of somebody)(formal) say goodbye: With a nod and a smile, she took leave of her colleagues.
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