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How did commeātus semantically shift from meaning "passage" 🢂 to "leave of absence"?

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What semantic notions underlie meaning 1 ("The act of coming and going") 🡺 with 5 ("Leave of absence)? Please fill in the gaps, and show the steps, between meanings 1-4 and 5? The Oxford Latin Dictionary didn't expatiate on the semantic shift from 4 to 5, and skilled steps!

I scanned Oxford Latin Dictionary (2 edn, 2012, OUP), p. 396.

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