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leave to

Meaning: to give someone responsibility for dealing with something or making a decision about something

Synonym: leave up to

For example:

  • leave sth to sb You can write the article, but leave the proofreading to Ruth. She's very good at spotting errors.

  • leave sth to sb Everyone made suggestions, but the final decision was left to the team leader.

Quick Quiz:

In a jury trial, the final decision on whether the defendant is guilty or innocent is left to
  1. the judge
  2. the lawyers
  3. the jury

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