What is the meaning of "leave" in the following news headline

"virus leaves 30000 dead in europe alone"

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    Cambridge does not cover this usage, but MW's definition at 1B may be helpful. Apr 2, 2020 at 11:36

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The usage of the word leave over here means:

The virus has left behind 30,000 people dead in Europe alone.

Leave means leaving behind as a result of a circumstance or situation (A2). For e.g. the prisoner was left to die in a dark cell for his crimes.

  • Thanks @Bitterdreggs. corrected the sentence
    – Parth Shah
    Apr 2, 2020 at 13:07

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