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noun     leaf pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [countable] a flat thin green part of a tree or plant that grows on a branch or stem
    come into leaf (=start to produce leaves in spring):

    The maple trees were just coming into leaf.

    be in leaf (=have produced leaves in spring):

    The trees were already in leaf.

  2. 2
    [countable] a sheet of paper, especially in a book
    leaf of:

    a leaf of paper

    one of the leaves of a book

  3. 3
    [countable] a part of a table that you can swing up into position or add to the table to make it bigger
  4. 4
    [uncountable] metal, especially gold or silver, in very thin sheets, used as a decoration
    See also gold leaf
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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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