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take 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.
See also: leave, take

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.
See also: leave, take

take (your) ˈleave (of somebody)

(formal) say goodbye: With a nod and a smile, she took leave of her colleagues.
See also: leave, take
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Research by Rostgaard, Christoffersen, and Weise (1999) on 741 Danish parents with children born between 1984 and 1989 found that about one-fifth of fathers and mothers said the main obstacle to fathers taking leave was that "the father's work did not allow him to be on parental leave.
He is taking leave of absence for personal reasons, " he said.
4) Employees who anticipate taking leave under this paragraph are required to provide notice of their intent at least 30 days prior to the date leave is anticipated to begin, or such notice as is practicable if leave becomes necessary before such 30-day notice may be given.
Due to political interference either several employees were appointed in the provincial health deportment on fake degrees or they passed the course after appointment, which was pre-requisite for the induction without taking leave from the deportment.
Mr Cousin,from Campbeltown,Kintyre,is now appearing with Madonna on stage in America,after taking leave from his job.
Father Neal Murphy, Dean of Newport and a priest at St Mary's Church, Stow Hill, announced at mass yesterday morning he would be taking leave of absence immediately due to "personal reasons".
There's a Hemingway lookalike contest in Key West; no one is allowed to touch Papa's possessions in communist Cuba, and, of course, running with the bulls in Pamplona has become a rite of manhood for all manner of privileged college drunks who enjoy taking leave of their senses.
Employees taking leave are entitled to receive health benefits while they are on unpaid leave under the same terms and conditions as when they were on the job.
And also taking leave of their senses tonight - to say nothing of their taste in men - are Chas and her new drinking partner, Lexi.
Thursday was Scott's last day on the job before taking leave in conjunction with the upcoming retirement.
Not surprisingly, Hewitt found that the most common reasons for taking leave arise from the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), including for one's own serious health condition (46 percent), for the birth of a child (23 percent) and for the serious health condition of a close relative (9 percent).
And so, taking leave of his usual occupation as a professor of French at Cornell University, Klein rants entertainingly and wittily against the conventional wisdom and the narrow arbitrariness of taste.
Included among those equities taking leave of the filter were Ford Motor, National Semiconductor, Tiffany & Co.