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[leev-tey-king] /ˈlivˌteɪ kɪŋ/
a saying farewell; a parting or goodbye; departure:
His leave-taking was brief.
Origin of leave-taking
1325-75; Middle English Unabridged
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Examples from the web for leave-taking
  • There was not a whiff of officialdom or high ceremony about this part of the leave-taking.
  • Use culturally-appropriate courtesy expressions and demonstrate greeting and leave-taking.
  • Handshakes are generally exchanged more frequently in other cultures usually upon greeting and leave-taking.
  • Throughout the world, greeting and leave-taking customs may include handshakes, salutatory gestures or other specific expressions.
  • Although not a profound leave-taking, it is nonetheless a pleasant reminder of the author's great charm and fluency.
  • After the customary tearful leave-taking the regiment moved off, cheering and being cheered.
British Dictionary definitions for leave-taking


the act of departing; a farewell
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Word Origin and History for leave-taking

late 14c., from leave (n.) + present participle of take (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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