How to sign leave in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 4)

Definition:

Departing a place

Sign Instructions:

Begin with both hands in front of your with your palms oriented toward each other and your fingers pointing up. Then, bend your wrists down and move your arms forward until your fingers are pointing away from yourself.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for leave
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for leave
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.

Sign #2 (2 of 4)

Definition:

Depart from place

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your hands next to each other and away from your body. Bring both hands toward yourself while bringing your fingertips together.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for leave
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.
Dominant Handshape for leave
Keep your index, middle, ring, and pink fingers together and straight, bend them all at the knuckle at a 90-degree angle, and reach your thumb to the bottom of the fingertips of your index and middle fingers.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for leave
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.
Non-Dominant Handshape for leave
Keep your index, middle, ring, and pink fingers together and straight, bend them all at the knuckle at a 90-degree angle, and reach your thumb to the bottom of the fingertips of your index and middle fingers.

Sign #3 (3 of 4)

Definition:

Depart area

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your hands next to each other and away from your body. Bring both hands toward yourself while folding your fingers down.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for leave
Make a fist with all fingers curled in and the thumb pressed against the index finger.
Dominant Handshape for leave
Extend your fingers and press them together, with your thumb sticking out to the side.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for leave
Make a fist with all fingers curled in and the thumb pressed against the index finger.
Non-Dominant Handshape for leave
Extend your fingers and press them together, with your thumb sticking out to the side.

Sign #4 (4 of 4)

Definition:

Absence or holiday

Sign Instructions:

Begin with the thumbs of both hands in front of your chest near your shoulders. Your palms should be oriented down and your fingers should be pointing at each other. Then, move your thumb against the sides of your chest.

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Sequential Image Breakdown

Sequential Breakdown of leave

Beginning and End Frames

Beginning of Sign

First Frame of leave

End of Sign

Final Frame of leave

Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for leave
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for leave
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.

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