[Grammar] milk is left to stand

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In the Oxford Dictionary of English, it says:

cream
noun
the thick white or pale yellow fatty liquid which rises to the top when milk is left to stand and which can be eaten as an accompaniment to desserts or used as a cooking ingredient
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What does 'to stand' mean?

Which one does 'to' here mean?

a. used to show purpose or intention. For example:
I set out to buy food.
I am going to tell you a story.
She was determined to do well.
His aim was to become president.

b. used to show the result of something. For example:
She managed to escape.
It was too hot to go out.
He couldn't get close enough to see.

http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/to_2
 

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The definition should specify that the cream only rises to the top of unhomogenized milk. This happens if you leave a jug of such milk undisturbed or, in other words, leave it to stand.
 

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The definition should specify that the cream only rises to the top of unhomogenized milk. This happens if you leave a jug of such milk undisturbed or, in other words, leave it to stand.
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Which one do you think 'to' here mean?

a. used to show purpose or intention.
b. used to show the result of something.
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leave verb
to make or allow somebody/something to remain in a particular condition, place, etc.

leave somebody/something to do something
Leave the rice to cook for 20 minutes.

http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/leave_1?q=leave
 
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Definition A fits better. It means "leave it for the purpose of standing".
 
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