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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He made his leave-taking all round, before Mrs. Vincent, at the height of victory, rose and went her way.

    Salem Chapel, v. 2/2 Mrs. Oliphant
  • Miss Todd rose with the usual little speech about leave-taking.

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • They were the dancing girls from Gades, who, as they left Polyanthus' ship, passed unnoticed in the hubbub of the leave-taking.

    Snnica Vicente Blasco Ibez
  • The leave-taking was a wretched business, and I cannot dwell on it.

    The Mystery of the Green Ray William Le Queux
  • It was clearly a leave-taking, and Brice, warmly thanking them both, returned to the road.

  • She had no reply; in the face of such a leave-taking there seemed nothing for her to say.

    The Lady Doc Caroline Lockhart
  • I recalled the few and fleeting moments of our leave-taking, and a thought flashed upon me,—what if she cared for me!

  • One direct result of it all was to hasten Josie's own leave-taking.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • The other teachers had already dispersed, so the ordeal of leave-taking was avoided.

    The Independence of Claire Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • Then Mathieu took her in his arms, and there was no ending to their leave-taking.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for leave-taking


the act of departing; a farewell
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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