leaf Definition

a flattened structure of a higher plant, typically green and blade-like, that is attached to a stem directly or via a stalk. Leaves are the main organs of photosynthesis and transpiration..

Using leaf: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "leaf" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The tree has lost all its leaves.

  • Example

    The leaves of this plant are edible.

  • Example

    She was reading a book under the shade of a leafy tree.

  • Example

    The autumn leaves were a beautiful sight.

leaf Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for leaf

Phrases with leaf

  • to start behaving in a better way


    After his release from prison, he decided to turn over a new leaf and become a productive member of society.

  • take a leaf out of someone's book

    to copy or imitate someone's behavior or actions


    If you want to be successful, you should take a leaf out of Bill Gates' book and work hard every day.

  • to tremble or shake with fear or nervousness


    I was shaking like a leaf when I had to give a speech in front of the whole class.


Summary: leaf in Brief

A 'leaf' [liːf] is a flat, green structure attached to a stem that is the primary site of photosynthesis and transpiration in plants. It can also refer to the pages of a book or a sheet of paper. The phrase 'turn over a new leaf' means to start behaving better, while 'take a leaf out of someone's book' means to imitate someone's behavior.

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