from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A departure or farewell.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The process of saying goodbye.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. the act of departing politely


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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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

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

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  • 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:

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  • What I wonder, though, is if most of the antipathy toward the Heat isn't more occasioned by how James 'orchestrated his smug, contrived leave-taking from the Cleveland Cavaliers?

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  • All were quiet and subdued, and leave-taking was done with low voices.

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  • Young Dick learned death — ­not the ordered, decent death of civilization, wherein doctors and nurses and hypodermics ease the stricken one into the darkness, and ceremony and function and flowers and undertaking institutions conspire to give a happy leave-taking and send-off to the departing shade, but sudden death, primitive death, ugly and ungarnished, like the death of a steer in the shambles or a fat swine stuck in the jugular.


  • From the press corps, Friday's final briefing was not so much a fond farewell as a respectful leave-taking by a worthy adversary.

    Dana Milbank on departure of White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs


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