take leave

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take leave (third-person singular simple present takes leave, present participle taking leave, simple past took leave, past participle taken leave)

  1. Used other than as an idiom: see take,‎ leave.
    • 2011 March, W James Antle III, “Front-runner Failure”, American Spectator, volume 44, number 2, page 12: 
      Romney had already taken leave from Bain Capital by the time the American Pad & Paper layoffs took place.
  2. (often with of) To depart.
    • 1990 August, Linda Abbott; Marsha Frey, “Fatal diplomacy”, History Today, volume 40, number 8, page 10: 
      Rincon had taken leave of the king in early May
    • 1995 October 12, Furman Bisher, “Little fanfare for Cincinnati”, Atlanta Journal Constitution:
      Those who hadn't already taken leave at Javier Lopez's last time up, turned for the exits, not taking the time to cast one last signature boo.
    • 1999 Spring, Judith Grossman, How Aliens Think., volume 25, page 146:
      Lili takes leave with a kiss, and says hi to a young man sitting alone, sulking on a bench outside. / That's Jeannie's boyfriend

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