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I wish we might have talked more—I'm sure—when are you leaving?

Mr. Bines is my husband, Mtterchen, and we're leaving for the West in the morning.

Leaving the two to pursue their voyage home, we return to Captain Haley.

This is the first good spring since leaving the settled districts.

The natives had made off when they saw us, leaving their game cooking.

Light seemed to be vanishing from the universe, leaving them alone with the sea.

I blamed him for leaving him, and ordered him to find him forthwith on foot.

Hardy was leaving just at the same time, and so they went out together.

Cornelius, leaving his mother, took refuge with his anger in his own room.

The next day after leaving Salisbury we arrived at Mr. Dansley's.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English læfan "to let remain; remain; have left; bequeath," from Proto-Germanic *laibijan (cf. Old Frisian leva "to leave," Old Saxon farlebid "left over"), causative of *liban "remain," (cf. Old English belifan, German bleiben, Gothic bileiban "to remain"), from root *laf- "remnant, what remains," from PIE *leip- "to stick, adhere;" also "fat."

The Germanic root has only the sense "remain, continue," which also is in Greek lipares "persevering, importunate." But this usually is regarded as a development from the primary PIE sense of "adhere, be sticky" (cf. Lithuanian lipti, Old Church Slavonic lipet "to adhere," Greek lipos "grease," Sanskrit rip-/lip- "to smear, adhere to." Seemingly contradictory meaning of "depart" (early 13c.) comes from notion of "to leave behind" (as in to leave the earth "to die;" to leave the field "retreat").

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