noun, plural leaves [leevz] /livz/.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of leaf
verb (used with object), left, leav·ing.
verb (used without object), left, leav·ing.
- to desist from; cease; stop; abandon.
- to stop using or wearing: It had stopped raining, so we left off our coats.
- to omit: to leave a name off a list.
Origin of leave1
Synonyms for leave
Antonyms for leave
Other substitutions of leave for let are generally regarded as nonstandard: Let (not Leave ) us sit down and talk this over. Let (not Leave ) her do it her own way. The police wouldn't let (not leave ) us cross the barriers. See also let1.
Origin of leave2
Synonyms for leave
verb (used without object), leaved, leav·ing.
Origin of leave3
Related Words for leavesneedle, stalk, frond, petal, sheet, authorization, allowance, retirement, furlough, sabbatical, vacation, fly, quit, move, retire, start, withdraw, escape, go, flee
Examples from the Web for leaves
Contemporary Examples of leaves
It leaves the impression that the airplane hit the water and sank whole.Did Bad Weather Bring Down AirAsia 8501?
December 29, 2014
Every single one of them leaves a footprint online, however minor it may be.China’s Internet Is Freer Than You Think
December 27, 2014
This leaves people with a history of anorexia and reduced bone density like me at high risk for fractures.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
This leaves thousands of women at companies across the United States left to pay out of pocket for their birth control.The 26 Next Hobby Lobbys
December 17, 2014
But sometimes, the quest for facts lets us down, or leads us astray, and leaves us worse off than before, not better.On Torture, Chuck Johnson & Sondheim
December 13, 2014
Historical Examples of leaves
He dug a hole and he covered it with branches and leaves and a little grass.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
He leaves the prison gates, he makes his way to his old home, but his old home is not there.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
Only the heavy stems, which should be cut from the leaves, may be canned.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Get her as she leaves, or find her back at her own place later.Within the Law
And Margaret would sit in the rocking while he cut the leaves and found the place.In the Midst of Alarms
verb leaves, leaving or left (mainly tr)
- Also: let alone See let 1 (def. 7)
- to permit to stay or be alone
Word Origin for leave
Word Origin for leave
verb leaves, leaving or leaved
noun plural leaves (liːvz)
Word Origin for leaf
"to turn over (the pages of a book)," 1660s, from leaf (n.). The notion of a book page also is in the phrase to turn over a (new) leaf (1570s). Related: Leafed; leaved; leafing.
Old English leaf "leaf of a plant; page of a book," from Proto-Germanic *laubaz (cf. Old Saxon lof, Old Norse lauf, Old Frisian laf, Dutch loof, Old High German loub, German Laub "foliage, leaves," Gothic lauf), perhaps from PIE *leup- "to peel off, break off" (cf. Lithuanian luobas, Old Church Slavonic lubu "bark, rind"). Extended 15c. to very thin sheets of metal (especially gold). Meaning "hinged flap on the side of a table" is from 1550s.
Old English læfan "to let remain; remain; have left; bequeath," from Proto-Germanic *laibijan (cf. Old Frisian leva "to leave," Old Saxon farlebid "left over"), causative of *liban "remain," (cf. Old English belifan, German bleiben, Gothic bileiban "to remain"), from root *laf- "remnant, what remains," from PIE *leip- "to stick, adhere;" also "fat."
The Germanic root has only the sense "remain, continue," which also is in Greek lipares "persevering, importunate." But this usually is regarded as a development from the primary PIE sense of "adhere, be sticky" (cf. Lithuanian lipti, Old Church Slavonic lipet "to adhere," Greek lipos "grease," Sanskrit rip-/lip- "to smear, adhere to." Seemingly contradictory meaning of "depart" (early 13c.) comes from notion of "to leave behind" (as in to leave the earth "to die;" to leave the field "retreat").
"permission," Old English leafe "leave, permission, license," dative and accusative of leaf "permission," from West Germanic *lauba (cf. Old Norse leyfi "permission," Old Saxon orlof, Old Frisian orlof, German Urlaub "leave of absence"), from PIE *leubh- "to care, desire, love, approve" (see love (n.)). Cognate with Old English lief "dear," the original idea being "approval resulting from pleasure." Cf. love, believe. In military sense, it is attested from 1771.
In addition to the idiom beginning with leaf
- leaf through
- quake in one's boots (like a leaf)
- take a leaf out of someone's book
- turn over a new leaf
In addition to the idioms beginning with leave
- leave a bad taste in one's mouth
- leave alone
- leave a lot to be desired
- leave flat
- leave hanging
- leave holding the bag
- leave in the lurch
- leave no stone unturned
- leave off
- leave one cold
- leave open
- leave out
- leave out in the cold
- leave out of account
- leave someone alone
- leave someone in peace
- leave someone in the lurch
- leave someone to his or her resources
- leave the door open
- leave to someone's own devices
- leave to someone's tender mercies
- leave well enough alone
- leave without a leg to stand on
- leave word
- absent without leave
- (leave) high and dry
- (leave) out in the cold
- take it or leave it
- take leave of
- take one's leave
Also see underlet.