Meaning of LEAF in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ li:f ]

( leaves, leafs, leafing, leafed)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


The leaves of a tree or plant are the parts that are flat, thin, and usually green. Many trees and plants lose their leaves in the winter and grow new leaves in the spring.

In the garden, the leaves of the horse chestnut had already fallen...

The Japanese maple that stands across the drive had just come into leaf.

N-COUNT : usu pl , also in/into N

see also -leaved


A leaf is one of the pieces of paper of which a book is made.

He flattened the wrappers and put them between the leaves of his book.

= page



If you take a leaf from someone’s book you behave in the same way as them because you want to be like that person or as successful as they are.

Maybe we should take a leaf out of Branson’s book. It’s easy to see how he became a billionaire...

PHRASE : V inflects


If you say that you are going to turn over a new leaf , you mean that you are going to start to behave in a better or more acceptable way.

He realized he was in the wrong and promised to turn over a new leaf.

PHRASE : V inflects

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