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

"virus leaves 30000 dead in europe alone"

  • Welcome to English Language and Usage. Please take the tour and when you have a moment, read-up in the help center about how we work. "to be taken" is an euphamism for dying, the opposite would be "to be left" (ie. "to remain alive"). – A Rogue Ant. Apr 2 '20 at 11:29
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    Cambridge does not cover this usage, but MW's definition at 1B may be helpful. – Cascabel Apr 2 '20 at 11:36

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 '20 at 13:07

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