Definition for leaves (2 of 5)
noun, plural leaves [leevz] /livz/.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of leaf
Related formsleaf·less, adjectiveleaf·like, adjectiveun·leaf, verb (used with object)un·leaf·like, adjective
Definition for leaves (3 of 5)
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
Related formsleav·er, noun
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.
Definition for leaves (4 of 5)
Definition for leaves (5 of 5)
verb (used without object), leaved, leav·ing.
Origin of leave3
Examples from the Web for leaves
It leaves the impression that the airplane hit the water and sank whole.
Every single one of them leaves a footprint online, however minor it may be.
This leaves people with a history of anorexia and reduced bone density like me at high risk for fractures.
This leaves thousands of women at companies across the United States left to pay out of pocket for their birth control.
But sometimes, the quest for facts lets us down, or leads us astray, and leaves us worse off than before, not better.
I have plucked a bunch of leaves in an unexpected swoop in-shore.The Sea and the Jungle|H. M. Tomlinson
You may kill one—two—ten; yes, as many as the leaves in the forest yonder, and their brothers will not miss them.The Feast of the Virgins and Other Poems|H. L. Gordon
We notice that its leaves are opposite, that its corolla has five petals and that its calyx is inflated.Why Worry?|George Lincoln Walton, M.D.
It is by the alternate movement of these mandibles that the caterpillars devour the leaves with so much greediness and ease.The Insect World|Louis Figuier
Its leaves are in clusters of three, and are four and five inches long.American Forest Trees|Henry H. Gibson
British Dictionary definitions for leaves (1 of 5)
British Dictionary definitions for leaves (2 of 5)
verb leaves, leaving or left (mainly tr)
- Also: let alone See let 1 (def. 7)
- to permit to stay or be alone
Derived Formsleaver, noun
Word Origin for leave
British Dictionary definitions for leaves (3 of 5)
Word Origin for leave
British Dictionary definitions for leaves (4 of 5)
verb leaves, leaving or leaved
British Dictionary definitions for leaves (5 of 5)
noun plural leaves (liːvz)
Derived Formsleafless, adjectiveleaflessness, nounleaflike, adjective
Word Origin for leaf
Science definitions for leaves
Idioms and Phrases with leaves (1 of 2)
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
Idioms and Phrases with leaves (2 of 2)
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.