leaf1 S2 W2 plural leaves
one of the flat green parts of a plant that are joined to its stem or branches:
a flowering bush with large shiny leaves
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.
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.
to change the way you behave and become a better person:
I see fatherhood as a chance to turn over a new leaf.
a page of a book: ➔ loose-leaf, overleaf
He slipped the letter between the leaves of his notebook.
a part of the top of a table that can be taken out to make the table smaller
part of table[countable]DCJ
➔ shake like a leafat shake1 (2)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, firewoodtree
➔ See also tree