Language Tips

to leave

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Liz Potter
Written by Liz Potter

In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.

This set of language tips explores the words and phrases we use to describe movement. This week’s tip looks at verbs and phrasal verbs that mean to leave:


  • We left London at three.
  • Your flight leaves in ten minutes!
  • If they leave after lunch, they should be here by five.
  • She leaves for work at 7.30 every morning.

go to leave a place:

  • What time are you going tomorrow?
  • I’m tired, let’s go.
  • Don’t go, stay a bit longer.

go away to leave a place, especially your home, for a period of time:

  • He decided to go away for a while.
  • We’re going away for two weeks in August.

go off to leave a place, especially for a particular purpose:

  • Dave’s gone off to the south of France for the summer.
  • He went off to have lunch in the canteen.

go out to leave your house, especially in order to do something enjoyable:

  • Let’s go out for a meal some time.
  • She wasn’t allowed to go out and play with friends.

There are many more ways to say leave, so this post will be continued next week.

Did you know that Macmillan Dictionary includes a full thesaurus? This page lists more ways to say ‘to leave‘.

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