Leaf vs. Leave

Leaf vs. Leave — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Leaf and Leave

Leafnoun

A usually green, flattened, lateral structure attached to a stem and functioning as a principal organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in most plants.

Leaveverb

To go out of or away from

not allowed to leave the room.

Leafnoun

A leaflike organ or structure.

Leaveverb

To go without taking or removing

left my book on the bus.

Leafnoun

Leaves considered as a group; foliage.

Leaveverb

To omit or exclude

left out the funniest part of the story.

Leafnoun

The state or time of having or showing leaves

trees in full leaf.

Leaveverb

To have as a result, consequence, or remainder

The car left a trail of exhaust fumes. Two from eight leaves six.

Leafnoun

The leaves of a plant used or processed for a specific purpose

large supplies of tobacco leaf.

Leaveverb

To cause or allow to be or remain in a specified state

left the lights on.

Leafnoun

Any of the sheets of paper bound in a book, each side of which constitutes a page.

Leaveverb

To have remaining after death

left a young son.

Leafnoun

A very thin sheet of material, especially metal.

Leaveverb

To bequeath

left her money to charity.

Leafnoun

Such leaves considered as a group

covered in gold leaf.

Leaveverb

To give over to another to control or act on

Leave all the details to us.

Leafnoun

A hinged or removable section for a table top.

Leaveverb

To abandon or forsake

leave home.left her husband.

Leafnoun

A hinged or otherwise movable section of a folding door, shutter, or gate.

Leaveverb

To remove oneself from association with or participation in

left the navy for civilian life.

Leafnoun

A section of drawbridge that moves upward or to the side.

Leaveverb

To give or deposit, as for use or information, upon one's departure or in one's absence

He left a note for you. Leave your name and address.

Leafnoun

One of several metal strips forming a leaf spring.

Leaveverb

To cause or permit to be or remain

left myself plenty of time.

Leafverb

To produce leaves; put forth foliage

trees just beginning to leaf.

Leaveverb

(Nonstandard) To allow or permit; let.

Leafverb

To turn pages, as in searching or browsing

leafed through the catalog.

Leaveverb

To set out or depart; go

When can you leave?.

Leafverb

To turn through the pages of.

Leaveverb

To put forth foliage; leaf.

Leafnoun

The usually green and flat organ that represents the most prominent feature of most vegetative plants.

Leavenoun

Permission to do something.

Leafnoun

Anything resembling the leaf of a plant.

Leavenoun

An act of departing; a farewell

took leave of her with a heavy heart.

Leafnoun

A sheet of any substance beaten or rolled until very thin.

gold leaf

Leavenoun

See leave of absence.

Leafnoun

A sheet of a book, magazine, etc (consisting of two pages, one on each face of the leaf).

Leaveverb

(transitive) To have a consequence or remnant.

Leafnoun

(in the plural) Tea leaves.

Leaveverb

To cause or allow (something) to remain as available; to refrain from taking (something) away; to stop short of consuming or otherwise depleting (something) entirely.

I left my car at home and took a bus to work.The ants did not leave so much as a crumb of bread.There's not much food left. We'd better go to the shops.

Leafnoun

A flat section used to extend the size of a table.

Leaveverb

To cause, to result in.

The lightning left her dazzled for several minutes.Infantile paralysis left him lame for the rest of his life.

Leafnoun

A moveable panel, e.g. of a bridge or door, originally one that hinged but now also applied to other forms of movement.

The train car has one single-leaf and two double-leaf doors per side.

Leaveverb

(transitive) To put; to place; to deposit; to deliver, with a sense of withdrawing oneself.

Leave your hat in the hall.We should leave the legal matters to lawyers.I left my sewing and went to the window to watch the falling snow.

Leafnoun

(botany) A foliage leaf or any of the many and often considerably different structures it can specialise into.

Leaveverb

To depart; to separate from.

Leafnoun

In a tree, a node that has no descendants.

Leaveverb

To let be or do without interference.

I left him to his reflections.I leave my hearers to judge.

Leafnoun

The layer of fat supporting the kidneys of a pig, leaf fat.

Leaveverb

(transitive) To depart from; to end one's connection or affiliation with.

I left the country and I left my wife.

Leafnoun

One of the teeth of a pinion, especially when small.

Leaveverb

(transitive) To end one's membership in (a group); to terminate one's affiliation with (an organization); to stop participating in (a project).

I left the band.

Leafnoun

(slang) Marijuana.

Leaveverb

(intransitive) To depart; to go away from a certain place or state.

I think you'd better leave.

Leafverb

(intransitive) To produce leaves; put forth foliage.

Leaveverb

To transfer something.

Leafverb

(transitive) To divide (a vegetable) into separate leaves.

The lettuce in our burgers is 100% hand-leafed.

Leaveverb

(transitive) To transfer possession of after death.

When my father died, he left me the house.

Leafnoun

the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants

Leaveverb

(transitive) To give (something) to someone; to deliver (something) to a repository; to deposit.

I'll leave the car in the station so you can pick it up there.

Leafnoun

a sheet of any written or printed material (especially in a manuscript or book)

Leaveverb

(transitive) To transfer responsibility or attention of (something) (to someone); to stop being concerned with.

Can't we just leave this to the experts?

Leafnoun

hinged or detachable flat section (as of a table or door)

Leaveverb

To remain (behind); to stay.

Leafverb

look through a book or other written material;

He thumbed through the reportShe leafed through the volume

Leaveverb

To stop, desist from; to "leave off" (+ noun / gerund).

Leafverb

turn over pages;

leaf through a bookleaf a manuscript

Leaveverb

(transitive) To give leave to; allow; permit; let; grant.

Leafverb

produce leaves, of plants

Leaveverb

To produce leaves or foliage.

Leaveverb

(obsolete) To raise; to levy.

Leavenoun

(cricket) The action of the batsman not attempting to play at the ball.

Leavenoun

(billiards) The arrangement of balls in play that remains after a shot is made (which determines whether the next shooter — who may be either the same player, or an opponent — has good options, or only poor ones).

Leavenoun

Permission to be absent; time away from one's work.

I've been given three weeks' leave by my boss.

Leavenoun

Permission.

Might I beg leave to accompany you?The applicant now seeks leave to appeal and, if leave be granted, to appeal against these sentences.

Leavenoun

(dated) Farewell, departure.

I took my leave of the gentleman without a backward glance.

Leavenoun

the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty;

a ten day's leave to visit his mother

Leavenoun

permission to do something;

she was granted leave to speak

Leavenoun

the act of departing politely;

he disliked long farewellshe took his leaveparting is such sweet sorrow

Leaveverb

go away from a place;

At what time does your train leave?She didn't leave until midnightThe ship leaves at midnight

Leaveverb

go and leave behind, either intentionally or by neglect or forgetfulness;

She left a mess when she moved outHis good luck finally left himher husband left her after 20 years of marriageshe wept thinking she had been left behind

Leaveverb

act or be so as to become in a specified state;

The inflation left them pennilessThe president's remarks left us speechless

Leaveverb

leave unchanged or undisturbed or refrain from taking;

leave it as isleave the young fawn aloneleave the flowers that you see in the park behind

Leaveverb

move out of or depart from;

leave the roomthe fugitive has left the country

Leaveverb

make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain;

This leaves no room for improvementThe evidence allows only one conclusionallow for mistakesleave lots of time for the tripThis procedure provides for lots of leeway

Leaveverb

result in;

The water left a mark on the silk dressHer blood left a stain on the napkin

Leaveverb

remove oneself from an association with or participation in;

She wants to leaveThe teenager left homeShe left her position with the Red CrossHe left the Senate after two termsafter 20 years with the same company, she pulled up stakes

Leaveverb

put into the care or protection of someone;

He left the decision to his deputyleave your child the nurse's care

Leaveverb

leave or give by will after one's death;

My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelryMy grandfather left me his entire estate

Leaveverb

have left or have as a remainder;

That left the four of us19 minus 8 leaves 11

Leaveverb

be survived by after one's death;

He left six childrenAt her death, she left behind her husband and 11 cats

Leaveverb

tell or deposit (information) knowledge;

give a secret to the Russiansleave your name and address here

Leaveverb

leave behind unintentionally;

I forgot my umbrella in the restaurantI left my keys inside the car and locked the doors