Meaning of leave someone or something alone in English:

leave someone or something alone


  • 1Abandon or desert someone or something.

    ‘she was frightened because he had left her alone’
    • ‘The construction of the hotel was mysteriously abandoned, and the grand building was left alone.’
    • ‘After all this activity, she is left alone for a solo that looked rather pointless, as if it had been tagged on for her benefit.’
    • ‘They both darted down the hallway, and with that, Stevey and I were left alone together.’
    • ‘Audrey and Sid always do this - they invite the both of us along, but then go off and leave us alone…together.’
    • ‘After the truck was declared safe to leave alone, a tow truck arrived to pull the wreckage away.’
    • ‘A tram sped away from a stop leaving a five-year-old girl alone on the platform before her mum had time to get off.’
    • ‘There is a small part of me that is telling me not to leave them alone, but the majority of my head wishes to go to bed.’
    • ‘She wished that she hadn't left them alone in the house.’
    • ‘But suddenly, their laughter was stopped by a sudden thunder, and they ran, leaving the boy alone.’
    • ‘Avoid falls - never leave your baby alone on any elevated surface such as a changing table or sofa.’
    fail to look after, fail to care for, fail to provide for, leave alone, abandon
  • 2

    (also let someone or something alone)
    Stop disturbing or interfering with someone or something.

    ‘if you see him on his way to school, just leave him alone’
    • ‘We ask the council to stop this proposal and leave the bus stop alone.’
    • ‘Zach included me for a while, but Liz started to give me the impression I was interfering, so I left them alone.’
    • ‘We've had to stop him from coming in now because he just won't leave our customers alone.’
    • ‘The only way to truly cherish an ancient monument or other historic feature is to leave it alone, avoid it, plan around it.’
    • ‘Kathy smiled and left Leah alone because she saw she had touched a chord with this conversation.’
    • ‘Did you think that some ancient wizard just creates the portal in some abandoned area and just leaves it alone forever?’
    • ‘Yep, leave them alone… if they are bothered they are liable to abandon the nest.’
    • ‘I knew that the only way for Leslie to leave me alone about the whole thing would be to make her feel guilty.’
    • ‘She wished she could go back and tell herself to leave that whole treasure chest alone.’
    • ‘So when an adult would ask me, I'd tell them one or the other and they'd smile and leave me alone.’