Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "to leave" in Russian

This Russian word is one of the top 1000 words in Russian. The complete list of most common Russian words is available here.


Meaning: to leave, depart, go away, escape, resign, spend, stretch

Pronunciation: [ooy-TEE]

Part of speech: verb (perfective aspect)

Rank: #266 (see frequency list)

The guests have left.
Photo by Andrew Stawarz, licensed under CC-BY-ND 2.0
 Example sentences:
  • Мне на́до уйти́.
  • I need to leave.
  • Го́сти ушли́.
  • The guests have left.
  • Па́вел ушёл на рабо́ту.
  • Pavel left for work.
  • Ни́на вста́ла и ушла́.
  • Nina got up and left.
  • Он попроси́л всех уйти́ из комнаты.
  • He asked everyone to leave the room.
  • Он ушёл из компа́нии и на́чал свой би́знес.
  • He left the company and stated his own business.
  • Он ушёл из жи́зни де́вять лет наза́д.
  • He died nine years ago.
  • Банди́ты ушли́ от пого́ни.
  • The bandits escaped from the chase.
  • Макси́м ушёл в кни́гу с голово́й.
  • Maxim engrossed in the book.
  • По́езд уже ушёл.
  • The train has left already.
  • Я от ба́бушки ушёл. От тебя́, за́йца, пода́вно уйду́! ("Колобок")
  • From old woman I ran away. From you, rabbit, I will run away for sure! ('Kolobok' fairy tale)
  • Часы́ ушли́ вперёд на пять секу́нд.
  • The watch is five seconds fast.
  •  literal  The watch went ahead on five seconds.
  • Часы́ ушли́ с аукцио́на за миллио́н рубле́й.
  • The watch was sold on the auction for one million rubles.
  •  literal  The watch went off the auction for one million rubles.
  • На э́то уйдёт три часа́.
  • This will take three hours.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • уйти́ с рабо́ты = to leave one's job
  • уйти́ во что-либо с голово́й = to be engrossed in smth.
      literal  to leave into smth. with the head
  • уйти́ из жи́зни = to die
      literal  to leave from life
  • уйти́ на пе́нсию = to retire
      literal  to leave on pension
  • уйти́ в нау́ку/спорт = to devote oneself to science/sport
  • часы́ ушли́ вперёд = the watch/clock is fast
      literal  the watch/clock went ahead
  • уйти́ ни с чем = to go away empty-handed
      literal  to leave with nothing
  • уйти́ не со́лоно хлеба́вши = to go away empty-handed
      literal  to leave not salty having eaten
  • уйти́ в про́шлое = to become a thing of the past
      literal  to go into the past
  • уйти́ в себя́ = to go inside one's shell; to withdraw into oneself
  • душа́ в пя́тки ушла́ = to have one's heart in the boots
      literal  the soul went to heels
 Related words:
  • удалиться = to leave, move off, withdraw
  • уволиться = to leave
  • погрузиться = to engross
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Кто встал пора́ньше, ушёл пода́льше.
  • It's the early bird that catches/gets the worm.
  •  literal  Who got up earlier, went further.
  • Мо́лодость ушла́ - не прости́лась, а ста́рость пришла́ - не спроси́лась.
  • Gray hairs are death's blossoms.
  •  literal  Youth left - didn't say goodbye, old age came - didn't ask.
  • Де́ло не медве́дь, в лес не уйдёт.
  • The work is not like bear - it would not run in the forest.
  • Вчера́ не дого́нишь, а от за́втра не уйдёшь.
  • What must be, must be.
  •  literal  You can't catch yesterday and go away from tomorrow.
 Verb conjugation:

Present Tense

The perfective verb уйти is not used in the Present Tense. Use the imperfective verb уходить instead.

Past Tense

I, you (singular), he ушёл
she ушла́
it ушло́
we, you (plural), they ушли́

Future Simple Tense

I уйду́
you (singular) уйдёшь
he, she, it уйдёт
we уйдём
you (plural) уйдёте
they уйду́т

Future Compound Tense

The perfective verb уйти is not used in the Future Compound Tense. Use the imperfective verb уходить instead.

Imperative Mood (Command Form)

you (singular) уйди́
you (plural) уйди́те

View full conjugation table for the verb pair уходить/уйти

Phrase recordings: Copyright(c) 2011 All rights reserved.
Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.

Got questions?

Ask them in the Russian Questions and Answers — a place for students, teachers and native Russian speakers to discuss Russian grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, and other aspects of the Russian language.

Copyright 2001-2022 | Privacy Policy | Contact Us

-->  Search MasterRussian

Custom Search

English » Russian dictionary

Like MasterRussian on Facebook

 RSS | iGoogle | My Yahoo!

Word: жизнь
Meaning: life, living, existence
Pronunciation: [zhizn']
Learn Russian words more... »


Russian: Водка
English: Vodka


MasterRussian on Twitter