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Leaf (n.) A colored, usually green, expansion growing from the side of a stem or rootstock, in which the sap for the use of the plant is elaborated under the influence of light; one of the parts of a plant which collectively constitute its foliage.
Leaf (n.) A special organ of vegetation in the form of a lateral outgrowth from the stem, whether appearing as a part of the foliage, or as a cotyledon, a scale, a bract, a spine, or a tendril.
Leaf (n.) Something which is like a leaf in being wide and thin and having a flat surface, or in being attached to a larger body by one edge or end; as: (a) A part of a book or folded sheet containing two pages upon its opposite sides. (b) A side, division, or part, that slides or is hinged, as of window shutters, folding doors, etc. (c) The movable side of a table. (d) A very thin plate; as, gold leaf. (e) A portion of fat lying in a separate fold or layer. (f) One of the teeth of a pinion, especially when small.
Leaf (v. i.) To shoot out leaves; to produce leaves; to leave; as, the trees leaf in May.
Leave (v. i.) To send out leaves; to leaf; -- often with out.
Leave (v. t.) To raise; to levy.
Leave (n.) Liberty granted by which restraint or illegality is removed; permission; allowance; license.
Leave (n.) The act of leaving or departing; a formal parting; a leaving; farewell; adieu; -- used chiefly in the phrase, to take leave, i. e., literally, to take permission to go.
Leave (v.) To withdraw one's self from; to go away from; to depart from; as, to leave the house.
Leave (v.) To let remain unremoved or undone; to let stay or continue, in distinction from what is removed or changed.
Leave (v.) To cease from; to desist from; to abstain from.
Leave (v.) To desert; to abandon; to forsake; hence, to give up; to relinquish.
Leave (v.) To let be or do without interference; as, I left him to his reflections; I leave my hearers to judge.
Leave (v.) To put; to place; to deposit; to deliver; to commit; to submit -- with a sense of withdrawing one's self from; as, leave your hat in the hall; we left our cards; to leave the matter to arbitrators.
Leave (v.) To have remaining at death; hence, to bequeath; as, he left a large estate; he left a good name; he left a legacy to his niece.
Leave (v. i.) To depart; to set out.
Leave (v. i.) To cease; to desist; to leave off.