What is the difference between leaf and leave? (2023)

leaf | leave | Derived terms |

Leave is a synonym of leaf.

Leave is a derived term of leaf.

In intransitive terms the difference between leaf and leave

is that leaf is to produce leaves; put forth foliage while leave is to depart; to go away from a certain place or state.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

Leafed vs Leaved

Leaven vs Leafen

Disleafed vs Disleaved

Interleaved vs Interleafed

Unleaved vs Unleafed

Leaves vs Leafage

Leafs vs Leaves

Leaves vs Leafless

Interleave vs Interleaf

Disleave vs Disleaf

Leaves vs Leaflets

Leaves vs Leaflet




  • The usually green and flat organ that represents the most prominent feature of most vegetative plants.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= William E. Conner
  • , title= An Acoustic Arms Race, volume=101, issue=3, page=206-7, magazine=(American Scientist), passage=Earless ghost swift moths become “invisible” to echolocating bats by forming mating clusters close (less than half a meter) above vegetation and effectively blending into the clutter of echoes that the bat receives from the leaves and stems around them.}}

  • Anything resembling the leaf of a plant.
  • A sheet of any substance beaten or rolled until very thin.
  • A sheet of a book, magazine, etc (consisting of two pages, one on each face of the leaf).
  • (in the plural) Tea leaves.
  • A flat section used to extend the size of a table.
  • A moveable panel, e.g. of a bridge or door, originally one that hinged but now also applied to other forms of movement.
  • (botany) A foliage leaf or any of the many and often considerably different structures it can specialise into.
  • (computing, mathematics) In a tree, a node that has no descendants.
  • * 2011 , John Mongan, ?Noah Kindler, ?Eric Giguère, Programming Interviews Exposed
  • The algorithm pops the stack to obtain a new current node when there are no more children (when it reaches a leaf ).
  • The layer of fat supporting the kidneys of a pig, leaf fat.
  • One of the teeth of a pinion, especially when small.
  • Derived terms

    * )* almond tree leaf skeletoniser moth, )* aluminium leaf, aluminum leaf* angle leaf** ash-leaf* auxiliary leaf* avocado leaf* banana leaf* baroclinic leaf* bay leaf, bay-leaf* beleaf* belladona leaf* betel leaf* bible leaf ()* big-leaf* bigleaf* bitter leaf, bitter-leaf, bitterleaf* )* bloodleaf ( spp. )** branch-leaf* brass leaf* broad-leaf, broadleaf* bronze leaf* bumleaf* )* cedar leaf oil* Chinese leaf* clover-leaf, cloverleaf* cold leaf* come into leaf* compound leaf* copper-leaf, copperleaf* cord-leaf* crinkle leaf* )* curl-leaf* curry leaf, curry-leaf, curry-leaf tree* cutleaf** )** )* )* )* digitalis leaf* dining leaf* disleaf, disleave* double leaf, double-leaf** drop-leaf table* Dutch leaf* )* end leaf, end-leaf, endleaf* facsimile leaf* fall of the leaf* fanleaf* fig-leaf* fine leaf jam* five-leaf,** five-leafed* flannel-leaf** floral leaf* flyleaf* Florence leaf* fly-leaf* foliage leaf* foliation leaf* four-leaf** )* global Nagano leaf* )* gold leaf*** , grey-leaf pine* green leaf lettuce* (Hibiscus laevis )* )* heart-leaf* hollow leaf* )* in full leaf* in leaf* interleaf* interleave* in the leaf* ivy-leaf* )* Japanese leaf* jellyleaf* lace-leaf, laceleaf, lace-leaf plant* )* lantern leaves* largeleaf* latticeleaf, lattice leaf plant* laurel-leaf blade, laurel-leaf point* leafage* leaf alcohol* leaf aldehyde* leaf aphid* leaf area duration* leaf-area index* leaf-arrowhead* leaf axil* leaf-base* leaf-bearing* leaf-beaten* leaf-bed* leaf beet* leaf beetle, leaf-beetle (Chrysomelidae)* leafbird (Chloropsis )* leaf-birth* leaf blade* leaf blight* leaf blister* leaf blotch* leaf blower, leaf-blower* leaf-book* leaf-brass* leaf bridge, leaf-bridge* leaf brown* leaf bud, leaf-bud, leafbud* )* leaf-bundle* )* leaf cactus ()* leaf-canopy* leaf cast* leafcasting* (Rutelinae)* leaf class* leaf-climber* leaf-climbing* )* leaf crumpler, leaf-crumpler* leafcup ()* leaf curl, leaf-curl** leaf-cushion* leaf-cut* leaf cutter, leaf-cutter* leaf-cutting* leaf-cycle* )* leaf disease* leaf-disk test* leafdom* leaf door* leaf-drift* leaf-eared* leafed* leafen* leafen gold* leafery* leafet* leaf-fall* leaf fat, leaf-fat* leaf-feeder** leaffish ( )* , leaf-flea* leafflower* leaf-folder* , leaf-footed bug* leaf-footed* leaf form* leaf frog, leaf-frog (Hylidae)* leaf gap, leaf-gap* leaf-gate* leaf gelatine* leaf-gilding* leaf-gold* leaf green, leaf-green* leaf hopper, leaf-hopper, leafhopper (Cicadellidae)* leaf-house* leaf-hut* leaf index* leafing* leaf initial* leaf insect, leaf-insect (Phylliidae)* leafit** leaf lard, leaf-lard* leafless* leaflet* leaf lettuce** leaf-like, leaflike* leaf litter* , leaf-louse* leaf-mass* leafmeal* leaf metal, leaf-metal* leaf miner, leaf-miner (Lepidoptera, Symphyta, Diptera)** leaf mold, leaf-mold, leaf mould, leaf-mould* , leaf-monkey (Colobinae)* leaf-mosaic* )* leaf mustard* )* leaf-netting* leaf node* leaf-nosed* leaf notcher* leaf of heddles* leaf-opposed** leaf peeper, leaf-peeper* leaf peeping, leaf-peeping* leaf-plant* leaf-plate, leaf-platter* leaf primordium* leaf protein* leaf-red* leaf roll, leaf-roll* leaf roller, leaf-roller* leaf-rolling* leaf-rosette* leaf rust, leaf-rust* leaf scald* leaf-scale* leaf scar, leaf-scar* leaf scorch* leaf sewer* leaf shape* leaf-shaped* leaf sheath, leaf-sheath* leaf-shedding* leaf shelter* leaf shutter* leaf-sickness* leaf sight, leaf-sight* leaf-silver* leaf site* leaf-skin* leaf smut* leaf soil, leaf-soil* leaf-spine* leaf spot, leaf-spot* leaf spring, leaf-spring* leaf stalk, leaf-stalk, leafstalk* leaf-table* leaf-tailed* leaf tea* leaf-teeth* leaf-tendril* leaf-thorn* leaf tier* leaf-tin* leaf tobacco** leaf topology* leaf trace, leaf-trace* leaf-turner* leaf turtle* leaf tyer* leaf valve* leaf-valve* leaf vegetable* leaf warbler, leaf-warbler* )* leaf-work* leaf-worm* leafy* leather leaf, leatherleaf* leave* leaved* leaveless* leavish* leavy** lion's leaf* little leaf, littleleaf disease**** liver-leaf, liverleaf* local Nagano leaf* long-leafed pine, long-leaf pine, longleaf pine, long-leaved pine (Pinus palustris )* loose-leaf* lotus leaf wrap*** Malabar leaf** maple leaf, maple-leaf* maximum leaf spanning tree* metal leaf* , Mexican flameleaf* mid-leaf* multileaf collimator* myriad-leaf**** needle-leaf tree** , nettle-leaved goosefoot* northern corn-leaf blight, northern leaf blight* nose leaf, nose-leaf* Novikov closed leaf theorem* oak leaf, oakleaf** one-leaf* orange-leaf* orbiculate leaf* oriental leaf* overleaf* painted leaf** paint leaf* palladium leaf* palm-leaf* patch-leaf* peach leaf curl* peachleaf willow*** , pear leaf midge** platinum leaf** , potato leafroll virus* preliminary leaf* primary leaf** quarto leaf* raffle leaf* ragleaf* red leaf* red leaf lettuce** red raspberry leaf* root leaf, root-leaf* rose-leaf* rough leaf***** satin leaf,* saw-leaf herb* scale leaf* seed leaf, seed-leaf* seminal leaf* shake like a leaf* shin leaf, shin-leaf, shinleaf* short-leaf pine, shortleaf pine, shortleaf yellow pine ()* silver leaf, silver-leaf** silver leaf tree** single-leaf, single-leaf pine, single-leaf pinyon* skeleton leaf* sleek-leaf** spade leaf* specific leaf area******* stem-and-leaf plot* stem leaf* stiff-leaf* strawberry leaf* strip-leaf** Sumatra leaf* sweet leaf, sweetleaf* symplectic leaf* take a leaf out of someone's book** tea leaf, tea-leaf, tealeaf* tendu leaf** three-leaf** title leaf* tooling leaf** true leaf* trumpet-leaf* turn down a leaf* turn over a new leaf* turn over the next leaf* turn the leaf* twill of four leaves* twill of three leaves* twinleaf, twin-leaf** two-leaf* umbrella leaf* underleaf* unit leaf rate* unleaf, unleave* velvet-leaf, velvetleaf* venous leaf* vine-leaf* walking leaf, walking-leaf (Phylliidae)* water leaf, water-leaf* waterleaf** way of the leaf** willow-leaf point* windowleaf*


    (en verb)

  • To produce leaves; put forth foliage.
  • Synonyms

    * leave (verb)

    Derived terms

    * leafing* leaf through

    See also

    * foliage* frond* needle* (projectlink)*




    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) leven, from (etyl) (whence Danish levne). More at .


  • To have a consequence or remnant.
  • #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.
  • #:
  • #*, chapter=7
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp, passage=[…] St.?Bede's at this period of its history was perhaps the poorest and most miserable parish in the East End of London. Close-packed, crushed by the buttressed height of the railway viaduct, rendered airless by huge walls of factories, it at once banished lively interest from a stranger's mind and left only a dull oppression of the spirit.}}

  • #*{{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=May-June, author= David Van Tassel], [http://www.americanscientist.org/authors/detail/lee-dehaan Lee DeHaan
  • , title= Wild Plants to the Rescue, volume=101, issue=3, magazine=(American Scientist), passage=Plant breeding is always a numbers game.

  • #To cause, to result in.
  • #:
  • #*{{quote-book, year=1899, author=(Stephen Crane)
  • , title=, chapter=1, passage=There was some laughter, and Roddle was left free to expand his ideas on the periodic visits of cowboys to the town. “Mason Rickets, he had ten big punkins a-sittin' in front of his store, an' them fellers from the Upside-down-F ranch shot 'em up

  • #*, chapter=23
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp, passage=The slightest effort made the patient cough. He would stand leaning on a stick and holding a hand to his side, and when the paroxysm had passed it left him shaking.}}

  • #*{{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Out of the gloom, passage=[Rural solar plant] schemes are of little help to industry or other heavy users of electricity. Nor is solar power yet as cheap as the grid. For all that, the rapid arrival of electric light to Indian villages is long overdue. When the national grid suffers its next huge outage, as it did in July 2012 when hundreds of millions were left in the dark, look for specks of light in the villages.}}

  • #(lb) To put; to place; to deposit; to deliver, with a sense of withdrawing oneself.
  • #:
  • #*Bible, (w) v. 24
  • #*:Leave there thy gift before the altar and go thy way.
  • #*(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • #*:The foot / That leaves the print of blood where'er it walks.
  • (lb) To depart; to separate from.
  • #To let be or do without interference.
  • #:
  • #(lb) To depart from; to end one's connection or affiliation with.
  • #:
  • #*
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=1, passage=I was about to say that I had known the Celebrity from the time he wore kilts. But I see I will have to amend that, because he was not a celebrity then, nor, indeed, did he achieve fame until some time after I left New York for the West.}}

  • #(lb) To end one's membership in (a group); to terminate one's affiliation with (an organization); to stop participating in (a project).
  • #:
  • #(lb) To depart; to go away from a certain place or state.
  • #:
  • (lb) To transfer something.
  • #(lb) To transfer possession of after death.
  • #:
  • #(lb) To give (something) to someone; to deliver (something) to a repository; to deposit.
  • #:
  • #(lb) To transfer responsibility or attention of (something) (to someone); to stop being concerned with.
  • #:
  • To remain (behind); to stay.
  • *:
  • *:And whanne sire launcelot sawe them fare soo / he gat a spere in his hand / and there encountred with hym al attones syr bors sir Ector and sire Lyonel / and alle they thre smote hym atte ones with their speres // and by mysfortune sir bors smote syre launcelot thurgh the shelde in to the syde / and the spere brake / and the hede lefte stylle in his syde
  • *
  • *:Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers,. Even such a boat as the Mount Vernon offered a total deck space so cramped as to leave secrecy or privacy well out of the question, even had the motley and democratic assemblage of passengers been disposed to accord either.
  • To stop, desist from; to "leave off" (+ noun / gerund).
  • *1526 , (William Tyndale), trans. Bible , (w) V:
  • *:When he had leeft speakynge, he sayde vnto Simon: Cary vs into the depe, and lett slippe thy nette to make a draught.
  • *(Alexander Pope) (1688-1744)
  • *:Now leave complaining and begin your tea.
  • Synonyms

    * (sense, to end one's connection with) depart, forget, leave behind

    Derived terms

    * beleave* forleave* leave behind* leave for dead* leave no stone unturned* leave nothing in the tank* leave someone hanging* leave someone high and dry* leave someone holding the bag* leave off* leave out* leave in the lurch* leave well enough alone* not leave one's thought* overleave* up and leave


    (en noun)

  • (cricket) The action of the batsman not attempting to play at the ball.
  • (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).
  • * 1890 February 27, "Slosson's Close Shave"], in [[w:New York Times, The New York Times] :
  • Having counted 38 points he tried a beautiful out of the corner, hit the first ball just a trife too hard and kissed his own ball off just when victory seemed to be his. The leave was unfortunate for Ives. Slosson played brilliantly and ran the game out, a close winner, with 22 points.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) leve, from (etyl) . Related to (etyl) verlof, (etyl) Erlaubnis. See also (l).



  • Permission to be absent; time away from one's work.
  • I've been given three weeks' leave by my boss.
  • (senseid)(dated, or, legal) 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.
  • (dated) Farewell, departure.
  • I took my leave of the gentleman without a backward glance.
    Derived terms

    * administrative leave* annual leave* by your leave* compassionate leave* leave of absence* maternity leave* on leave* parental leave* paternity leave* shore leave* sick leave* take French leave* take leave* ticket-of-leave

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) leven, from (etyl) .


  • To give leave to; allow; permit; let; grant.
  • Etymology 4

    From (etyl) leven, from . More at (l).


  • (rare) To produce leaves or foliage.Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed.
  • * 1868 , , The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám , 2nd edition:
  • Each Morn a thousand Roses brings, you say:
    Yes, but where leaves the Rose of Yesterday?

    * leaf (verb)

    Etymology 5

    See levy.


  • (obsolete) To raise; to levy.
  • * Spenser
  • An army strong she leaved .




    Is it a table leaf or leave? ›

    So, what is a table leaf? In any expandable table, the table leaf is the additional piece (or pieces) used to increase the table's usable surface area. In other words, a table leaf is simply the part that makes the table larger. As you might expect, the plural of leaf is leaves.

    Is leave a leaf? ›

    Leaves is the plural form of leaf, and the third person singular form of leave.

    What are the 3 types of leaves? ›

    These can be further differentiated into:
    • Pinnate: A compound leaf that has an axis on each side of the midrib is known as a pinnate leaf.
    • Unipinnate: The leaf with leaflets on each side of the axis. ...
    • Bipinnate: Here, a secondary axis bearing the leaflet is produced by the central axis.

    What is the plural for leaf? ›

    Noun. leaf (countable and uncountable, plural leaves)

    When to use leaves and leave? ›

    Leaves is the plural form of leaf, and the third person singular form of the present tense of leave.

    Why is it called a leaf? ›

    It comes from the Proto-Germanic *laubaz, a word for the same exact part of a plant that “leaf” refers to.


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