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Topic: NEWSPAPERS, PUBLISHING

Language: Old English
Origin:

leaf

1 noun
     
leaf
leaf1 S2 W2 plural leaves
1

plant

[countable]HBP one of the flat green parts of a plant that are joined to its stem or branches:
a flowering bush with large shiny leaves
leaf of
Add a few leaves of fresh basil to the salad.
be in leaf/come into leaf (=have or start growing leaves, at a particular time of year)
The forest was just coming into leaf.
2

take a leaf out of somebody's book

to copy the way someone else behaves because you want to be like them or be as successful as they are:
They are committing $3m to research. We could take a leaf out of their book.
3

turn over a new leaf

to change the way you behave and become a better person:
I see fatherhood as a chance to turn over a new leaf.
4

page

[countable] formalTCN a page of a book:
He slipped the letter between the leaves of his notebook.
loose-leaf, overleaf
5

part of table

[countable]DCJ a part of the top of a table that can be taken out to make the table smaller

➔ shake like a leaf

at shake1 (2)
WORD FOCUS: tree WORD FOCUS: tree
parts of a tree: trunk, branch, leaf, blossom, roots, bark, twig

a large area of trees: forest, rainforest, jungle

a small area of trees: wood/woods, thicket British English, copse British English

types of tree: evergreen, deciduous, conifer, fruit tree, hardwood tree

wood from trees: timber, lumber, firewood
tree

See also
tree
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