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leafnoun [C]

us   /lif/ plural leaves /livz/
  • leaf noun [C] (PLANT)

any of the flat, usually green parts of a plant that are joined at one end to the stem or branch: By early November it’s getting cold and the trees are starting to lose their leaves.
  • leaf noun [C] (PAPER)

a thin flat substance, esp. a sheet of paper, or a layer of something: Some of the leaves of the old book had come loose.
A leaf of a table is an extra flat piece that can be added to the top surface to make the table larger.
(Definition of leaf from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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leafnoun [C]

uk   /liːf/ us   /liːf/ plural leaves
  • leaf noun [C] (PLANT)

B1 one of the flat, usually green parts of a plant that are joined at one end to the stem or branch: a palm leaf autumn leaves He was raking up leaves in his garden.
be in leaf/come into leaf
When a plant is in leaf or when it comes into leaf, it has or gets leaves on it: The trees are in leaf early this year. The bushes are just coming into leaf.

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  • leaf noun [C] (PAPER)

a thin sheet of paper
  • leaf noun [C] (TABLE)

an extra part of a table that can be folded away when not being used
(Definition of leaf from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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