Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A departure or farewell.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The taking of leave; parting speech; farewell salutation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Taking of leave; the act of departing politely; the giving of parting compliments.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The process of saying goodbye.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of departing politely

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Examples

  • In various e-mails and other documents from 2008 and 2009, related to Miller's leave-taking and his use of colleagues 'computers for political purposes (which he then covered up), they make the following observations:

    What is wrong with Joe Miller?

  • In various e-mails and other documents from 2008 and 2009, related to Miller's leave-taking and his use of colleagues 'computers for political purposes (which he then covered up), they make the following observations:

    What is wrong with Joe Miller?

  • Convinced its swift leave-taking was premature, a cult of adherents wistfully has been awaiting a return ever since.

    NYC reviews: 'Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,' 'La Bête,' 'A Life in the Theatre'

  • Few writers can resist the lure of closure — some form of summing-up or leave-taking.

    Cut This Story!

  • Few writers can resist the lure of closure — some form of summing-up or leave-taking.

    Cut This Story!

  • Flattered and well fed, the hour approaching eleven, the guests thanked Knowles for his hospitality and began their leave-taking, offering Regan a last compliment or suggestion or pledge of further assistance as they shook his hand and patted his shoulder on their way out.

    O: A Presidential Novel

  • Wherever Keith's leave-taking fell on the "You're fired"/"You can't fire me, I quit" continuum, the affair suggests an oft-told but rarely remembered lesson in hubris: You may be valuable, you may even be irreplaceable -- a genius and a money-making machine rolled into one.

    Michael Sigman: One More Thing About Keith

  • Wherever Keith's leave-taking fell on the "You're fired"/"You can't fire me, I quit" continuum, the affair suggests an oft-told but rarely remembered lesson in hubris: You may be valuable, you may even be irreplaceable -- a genius and a money-making machine rolled into one.

    Michael Sigman: One More Thing About Keith

  • Flattered and well fed, the hour approaching eleven, the guests thanked Knowles for his hospitality and began their leave-taking, offering Regan a last compliment or suggestion or pledge of further assistance as they shook his hand and patted his shoulder on their way out.

    O: A Presidential Novel

  • There was no etiquette for leave-taking, and after the host and hostess saw each guest into his or her or their carriages, their duties were done for the night.

    Dining and Dinners | Edwardian Promenade

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