Definition of leave-taking in US English:



  • An act of saying goodbye.

    ‘the leave-taking was restrained, with none of her earlier displays of emotion’
    • ‘One of the hallmarks of apraxia is the relative preservation of automatic or over learned speech sequences such as greetings, leave-takings and proverbs.’
    • ‘I can nowise explain what sort of whim, prank, or perversity it was, that, after all these leave-takings, induced me to go to the pig-stye and take leave of the swine!’
    • ‘You have to be prepared to let them experience the consequences of their disorganization, if your family's truly going to get its act together where leave-takings are concerned.’
    • ‘While it is normative for women to take time off from work to care for family needs, men's leave-taking may be more scrutinized by employers as a violation of gendered expectations in the workplace, and they suffer larger wage penalties as a result.’
    • ‘I am writing to explain the Administration's present thinking on leave-taking and leave accumulation in the civil service.’
    • ‘If this leave-taking is difficult, complex and conflict-filled for most young adults, it is doubly so for adoptees.’
    • ‘And then ideologically: a leave-taking from a specific doctrine of salvation and, beyond that, from the illusion that unacceptable circumstances of life can be changed by this conventional expedient of violent struggle.’
    • ‘In your new book, you focus on what you call ‘leave-takings ‘- moments that are among the most powerful in our lives - and about how meditation can help us prepare for these.’’
    departure, leaving, parting, withdrawal, exit, farewell, goodbye, adieu, valediction
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/ˈlēv ˌtākiNG//ˈliv ˌteɪkɪŋ/