leaves

[leevz]

noun

plural of leaf.

Nearby words

  1. leadsman,
  2. leadville,
  3. leadwort,
  4. leadwort family,
  5. leady,
  6. leaf beetle,
  7. leaf blight,
  8. leaf blotch,
  9. leaf bud,
  10. leaf butterfly

leaf

[leef]

noun, plural leaves [leevz] /livz/.

one of the expanded, usually green organs borne by the stem of a plant.
any similar or corresponding lateral outgrowth of a stem.
a petal: a rose leaf.
leaves collectively; foliage.
Bibliography. a unit generally comprising two printed, blank, or illustrated pages of a book, one on each side.
a thin sheet of metal: silver leaf.
a lamina or layer.
a sliding, hinged, or detachable flat part, as of a door or tabletop.
a section of a drawbridge.
a single strip of metal in a leaf spring.
a tooth of a small gear wheel, as of a pinion.
Textiles. shaft(def 14).

verb (used without object)

to put forth leaves.
to turn pages, especially quickly (usually followed by through): to leaf through a book.

verb (used with object)

to thumb or turn, as the pages of a book or magazine, in a casual or cursory inspection of the contents.

Origin of leaf

before 900; Middle English leef, lef, Old English lēaf; cognate with Dutch loof, German Laub, Old Norse lauf, Gothic laufs

Related formsleaf·less, adjectiveleaf·like, adjectiveun·leaf, verb (used with object)un·leaf·like, adjective

leave

1
[leev]

verb (used with object), left, leav·ing.

to go out of or away from, as a place: to leave the house.
to depart from permanently; quit: to leave a job.
to let remain or have remaining behind after going, disappearing, ceasing, etc.: I left my wallet home. The wound left a scar.
to allow to remain in the same place, condition, etc.: Is there any coffee left?
to let stay or be as specified: to leave a door unlocked.
to let (a person or animal) remain in a position to do something without interference: We left him to his work.
to let (a thing) remain for action or decision: We left the details to the lawyer.
to give in charge; deposit; entrust: Leave the package with the receptionist. I left my name and phone number.
to stop; cease; give up: He left music to study law.
to disregard; neglect: We will leave this for the moment and concentrate on the major problem.
to give for use after one's death or departure: to leave all one's money to charity.
to have remaining after death: He leaves a wife and three children.
to have as a remainder after subtraction: 2 from 4 leaves 2.
Nonstandard. let1(defs 1, 2, 6).

verb (used without object), left, leav·ing.

to go away, depart, or set out: We leave for Europe tomorrow.

Verb Phrases

leave alone. alone(def 7).
leave off,
  1. to desist from; cease; stop; abandon.
  2. to stop using or wearing: It had stopped raining, so we left off our coats.
  3. to omit: to leave a name off a list.
leave out, to omit; exclude: She left out an important detail in her account.

Origin of leave

1
before 900; Middle English leven, Old English lǣfan (causative formation from base of lāf remainder; see lave2); cognate with Old High German leiban (compare German bleiben to remain), Old Norse leifa, Gothic -laibjan

Related formsleav·er, noun

Usage note

Leave is interchangeable with let when followed by alone with the sense “to refrain from annoying or interfering with”: Leave (or Let ) her alone and she will solve the problem easily. When he was left (or let ) alone without interruptions, the boy quickly assembled the apparatus. The use of leave alone for let alone in the sense “not to mention” is nonstandard: There wasn't any standing room, let (not leave ) alone a seat, so I missed the performance.
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.

leave

2
[leev]

noun

permission to do something: to beg leave to go elsewhere.
permission to be absent, as from work or military duty: The firm offers a maternity leave as part of its benefit program.
the time this permission lasts: 30 days' leave.
a parting; departure; farewell: He took his leave before the formal ceremonies began. We took leave of them after dinner.
Metallurgy. draft(def 23).
Bowling. the pin or pins in upright position after the bowl of the first ball.

Origin of leave

2
before 900; Middle English leve, Old English lēaf; akin to believe, furlough, lief

leave

3
[leev]

verb (used without object), leaved, leav·ing.

to put forth leaves; leaf.

Origin of leave

3
1250–1300; Middle English leven, derivative of lef leaf

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British Dictionary definitions for leaves

leaves

noun

the plural of leaf

leave

1

verb leaves, leaving or left (mainly tr)

(also intr) to go or depart (from a person or place)
to cause to remain behind, often by mistake, in a placehe often leaves his keys in his coat
to cause to be or remain in a specified statepaying the bill left him penniless
to renounce or abandonto leave a political movement
to refrain from consuming or doing somethingthe things we have left undone
to result in; causechildhood problems often leave emotional scars
to allow to be or remain subject to another person or thingleave the past to look after itself
to entrust or commitleave the shopping to her
to submit in place of one's personal appearancewill you leave your name and address?
to pass in a specified directionflying out of the country, we left the cliffs on our left
to be survived by (members of one's family)he leaves a wife and two children
to bequeath or devisehe left his investments to his children
(tr) to have as a remainder37 – 14 leaves 23
not standard to permit; let
leave be informal to leave undisturbed
leave go or leave hold of not standard to stop holding
leave it at that informal to take a matter no further
leave much to be desired to be very unsatisfactory
leave someone alone
  1. Also: let alone See let 1 (def. 7)
  2. to permit to stay or be alone
leave someone to himself not to control or direct someone

Derived Formsleaver, noun

Word Origin for leave

Old English lǣfan; related to belīfan to be left as a remainder

leave

2

noun

permission to do somethinghe was granted leave to speak
by your leave or with your leave with your permission
permission to be absent, as from a place of work or dutyleave of absence
the duration of such absenceten days' leave
a farewell or departure (esp in the phrase take (one's) leave)
on leave officially excused from work or duty
take leave to say farewell (to)
take leave of one's senses to go mad or become irrational

Word Origin for leave

Old English lēaf; related to alӯfan to permit, Middle High German loube permission

leave

3

verb leaves, leaving or leaved

(intr) to produce or grow leaves

leaf

noun plural leaves (liːvz)

the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants, usually consisting of a flat green blade attached to the stem directly or by a stalkRelated adjectives: foliar, foliate
foliage collectively
in leaf (of shrubs, trees, etc) having a full complement of foliage leaves
one of the sheets of paper in a book
a hinged, sliding, or detachable part, such as an extension to a table
metal in the form of a very thin flexible sheetgold leaf
a foil or thin strip of metal in a composite material; lamina
short for leaf spring
the inner or outer wall of a cavity wall
a crop that is harvested in the form of leaves
a metal strip forming one of the laminations in a leaf spring
a slang word for marijuana
take a leaf out of someone's book or take a leaf from someone's book to imitate someone, esp in one particular course of action
turn over a new leaf to begin a new and improved course of behaviour

verb

(when intr, usually foll by through) to turn (through pages, sheets, etc) cursorily
(intr) (of plants) to produce leaves
Derived Formsleafless, adjectiveleaflessness, nounleaflike, adjective

Word Origin for leaf

Old English; related to Gothic laufs, Icelandic lauf

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Word Origin and History for leaves
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Science definitions for leaves

leaf

[lēf]

An appendage growing from the stem of a plant. Leaves are extremely variable in form and function according to species. For example, the needles of pine trees, the spines of cacti, and the bright red parts of the poinsettia plant are all leaves modified for different purposes. However, most leaves are flat and green and adapted to capturing sunlight and carbon dioxide for photosynthesis. They consist of an outer tissue layer (the epidermis) through which water and gases are exchanged, a spongy inner layer of cells that contain chloroplasts, and veins that supply water and minerals and carry out food. Some leaves are simple, while others are compound, consisting of multiple leaflets. The flat part of the leaf, the blade, is often attached to the stem by a leafstalk.
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Idioms and Phrases with leaves

leaf

In addition to the idiom beginning with leaf

  • leaf through

also see:

  • quake in one's boots (like a leaf)
  • take a leaf out of someone's book
  • turn over a new leaf

leave

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

also see:

  • 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.

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