Definition of Leave-taking

1. Noun. The act of departing politely. "Parting is such sweet sorrow"

Exact synonyms: Farewell, Leave, Parting
Generic synonyms: Departure, Going, Going Away, Leaving
Specialized synonyms: Valediction
Derivative terms: Leave, Leave, Leave, Part, Part

Definition of Leave-taking

1. Noun. The process of saying goodbye. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Leave-taking

leathery grape fern
leathery jacket
leathery jackets
leathery polypody
leathery turtle
leave-taking (current term)
leave alone
leave behind
leave everything on the road
leave for dead
leave me alone
leave no stone unturned
leave nothing in the tank
leave nothing to the imagination
leave of absence
leave off
leave office
leave one's options open
leave out
leave over

Literary usage of Leave-taking

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Life of Charles Dickens by John Forster (1873)
"He included in his leave-taking his deaf, dumb, and blind friends ; and, to use his own homely phrase, was yet more terribly 'down in the mouth' at taking ..."

2. Twenty Years of Congress: From Lincoln to Garfield ; with a Review of the by James Gillespie Blaine (1884)
""TVT"O feature of the extraordinary winter of 1860-61 is more sin- JL-\ gular in retrospect than the formal leave-taking of the South- •ern senators and ..."

3. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1891)
"If he could only get away, if but for a quarter of an hour; if he could really exchange all that for the sunniness and warmth THE leave-taking. ..."

4. The English Poets: Selections with Critical Introductions by Thomas Humphry Ward (1918)
"A leave-taking Kneel not and leave me: mirth is in its grave. True friend, sweet words were ours, sweet words decay. Believe, the perfume once this violet ..."

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