English dictionary


lea |liː| — a unit of length of thread or yarn

leach |liːtʃ| — the process of leaching

lead |liːd| — an advantage held by a competitor in a race

lead off |ˈliːd ɔːf| — teach immoral behavior to

lead on |ˈled ɑːn| — entice or induce especially when unwise or mistaken

lead up |ˈled ʌp| — set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for

lead-in |ˈliːd ɪn| — the introductory section of a story

leaded |ˈledɪd| — (of panes of glass) fixed in place by means of thin strips of lead

leaden |ˈledn| — darkened with overcast

leader |ˈliːdər| — a person who rules or guides or inspires others

leaders |ˈliːdərz| — the body of people who lead a group

leadership |ˈliːdərʃɪp| — the activity of leading

leading |ˈliːdɪŋ| — thin strip of metal used to separate lines of type in printing

leaf |liːf| — the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants

leafage |liːˈfɪdʒ| — the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants

leafed |ˈliːft| — having leaves or leaves as specified; often used in combination

leaflet |ˈliːflət| — a thin triangular flap of a heart valve

leafstalk |ˈliːfˌstɔːk| — the slender stem that supports the blade of a leaf

leafy |ˈliːfi| — having or covered with leaves

league |liːɡ| — an association of sports teams that organizes matches for its members

leak |liːk| — an accidental hole that allows something (fluid or light etc.) to enter or escape

leak out |ˈliːk ˈaʊt| — be leaked

leakage |ˈliːkɪdʒ| — the discharge of a fluid from some container

leaky |ˈliːki| — used informally; unable to retain urine

leal |ˈliːl| — faithful and true

lean |liːn| — the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical

lean-to |ˈliːn tuː| — rough shelter whose roof has only one slope

leaning |ˈliːnɪŋ| — an inclination to do something

leanness |ˈliːn nəs| — the quality of being meager

leap |liːp| — a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards

leaper  — someone who bounds or leaps (as in competition)

leapfrog |ˈliːpfrɔːɡ| — advancing as if in the child's game, by leaping over obstacles or competitors

leaping |ˈliːpɪŋ| — a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards

lear |ˈlir| — British artist and writer of nonsense verse (1812-1888)

learn |lɜːrn| — gain knowledge or skills

learned |ˈlɜːrnɪd| — having or showing profound knowledge

learner |ˈlɜːrnər| — someone (especially a child) who learns (as from a teacher) or takes up knowledge or beliefs

learning |ˈlɜːrnɪŋ| — the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge

lease |liːs| — property that is leased or rented out or let

leased |ˈliːst| — hired for the exclusive temporary use of a group of travelers

leasehold |ˈliːshoʊld| — land or property held under a lease

leaseholder |ˈliːshoʊldər| — a tenant who holds a lease

leash |liːʃ| — restraint consisting of a rope (or light chain) used to restrain an animal

least |liːst| — something that is of no importance

leastways |ˈliːstweɪz| — if nothing else (`leastwise' is informal and `leastways' is colloquial)

leastwise |ˈliːstwaɪz| — if nothing else (`leastwise' is informal and `leastways' is colloquial)

leather |ˈleðər| — an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning

leatherback |ˈleðərbæk| — wide-ranging marine turtle with flexible leathery carapace; largest living turtle

leatherette |ˌleðəˈret| — fabric made to look like leather

leatherjacket |ˈleT͟Hərˌjakət| — any of several brightly colored tropical filefishes

leatherneck |ˈleT͟Hərˌnek| — a member of the United States Marine Corps

leathery |ˈleðəri| — resembling or made to resemble leather; tough but pliable

leave |liːv| — the period of time during which you are absent from work or duty

leave behind |ˈliːv bəˈhaɪnd| — depart and not take along

leave off |ˈliːv ˈɒf| — come to an end, stop or cease

leave out |ˈliːv ˈaʊt| — prevent from being included or considered or accepted

leave-taking |ˈliːv teɪkɪŋ| — the act of departing politely

leaved |‑liːvd| — having leaves or leaves as specified; often used in combination

leaven |ˈlevn| — a substance used to produce fermentation in dough or a liquid

leavened |ˈlevənd| — made light by aerating, as with yeast or baking powder; often used as a combining form

leaving |ˈliːvɪŋ| — the act of departing

Lebanese |ˈlebəˌniz| — a native or inhabitant of Lebanon

lech |letʃ| — man with strong sexual desires

lecher |ˈletʃər| — man with strong sexual desires

lecherous |ˈletʃərəs| — given to excessive indulgence in sexual activity

lechery |ˈletʃəri| — unrestrained indulgence in sexual activity

lecithin |ˈlesɪθɪn| — a yellow phospholipid essential for the metabolism of fats; found in egg yolk and in many plant and animal cells; used commercially as an emulsifier

lectern |ˈlektərn| — desk or stand with a slanted top used to hold a text at the proper height for a lecturer

lector |ˈlektɔːr| — someone who reads the lessons in a church service; someone ordained in a minor order of the Roman Catholic Church

lecture |ˈlektʃər| — a speech that is open to the public

lecturer |ˈlektʃərər| — a public lecturer at certain universities

lectureship |ˈlektʃərʃɪp| — the post of lecturer

led |ˌel iː ˈdiː| — diode such that light emitted at a p-n junction is proportional to the bias current; color depends on the material used

ledge |ledʒ| — a projecting ridge on a mountain or submerged under water

ledger |ˈledʒər| — a record in which commercial accounts are recorded

lee |liː| — United States filmmaker whose works explore the richness of black culture in America (born in 1957)

leech |liːtʃ| — carnivorous or bloodsucking aquatic or terrestrial worms typically having a sucker at each end

leek |liːk| — plant having a large slender white bulb and flat overlapping dark green leaves; used in cooking; believed derived from the wild Allium ampeloprasum

leer |lɪr| — a facial expression of contempt or scorn; the upper lip curls

leery |ˈlɪri| — openly distrustful and unwilling to confide

lees |ˈliːz| — the sediment from fermentation of an alcoholic beverage

leeward |ˈliːwərd| — the direction in which the wind is blowing

leeway |ˈliːweɪ| — (of a ship or plane) sideways drift

left |left| — location near or direction toward the left side; i.e. the side to the north when a person or object faces east

left-hand |ˈleftˌhænd| — intended for the left hand

left-handed |ˌleftˈhandəd| — (of marriages) illicit or informal

left-handedness  — the status of being born of a morganatic marriage

left-hander |ˈleftˈhændə| — a baseball pitcher who throws the ball with the left hand

left-wing |left ˈwɪŋ| — believing in or supporting tenets of the political left

leftist |ˈleftɪst| — a person who belongs to the political left

leftmost |ˈleftmoʊst| — farthest to the left

leftover |ˈleftoʊvər| — a small part or portion that remains after the main part no longer exists

leftovers |ˈleftoʊvəz| — food remaining from a previous meal

leg |leɡ| — a human limb; commonly used to refer to a whole limb but technically only the part of the limb between the knee and ankle

leg-pull |ˈleɡ pʊl| — as a joke: trying to make somebody believe something that is not true

legacy |ˈleɡəsi| — (law) a gift of personal property by will

legal |ˈliːɡl| — having legal efficacy or force

legalise  — make legal

legalism |ˈliːɡəˌlɪzəm| — strict conformity to the letter of the law rather than its spirit

legality |liːˈɡæləti| — lawfulness by virtue of conformity to a legal statute

legalization |ˌliːɡələˈzeɪʃn| — the act of making lawful

legalize |ˈliːɡəlaɪz| — make legal

legally |ˈliːɡəli| — by law; conforming to the law

legate |ˈleɡət| — a member of a legation

legatee |ˌleɡəˈtiː| — someone to whom a legacy is bequeathed

legation |lɪˈɡeɪʃn| — the post or office of legate

legato |lɪˈɡɑːtoʊ| — (music) without breaks between notes; smooth and connected

legend |ˈledʒənd| — a story about mythical or supernatural beings or events

legendary |ˈledʒənderi| — so celebrated as to having taken on the nature of a legend

legerdemain |ˈledʒərdəmeɪn| — an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers

legerity |ləˈdʒerɪtiː| — the gracefulness of a person or animal that is quick and nimble

leggy |ˈleɡi| — (of plants) having tall spindly stems

leghorn |ˈleɡhɔːrn| — a stiff hat made of straw with a flat crown

legibility |ˌledʒəˈbɪləti| — distinctness that makes perception easy

legible |ˈledʒəbl| — (of handwriting, print, etc.) capable of being read or deciphered

legibly |ˈledʒəbli| — in a legible manner

legion |ˈliːdʒən| — archaic terms for army

legionary |ˈliːdʒəneri| — a soldier who is a member of a legion (especially the French Foreign Legion)

legionnaire |ˌliːdʒəˈner| — a member of the American Legion

legislate |ˈledʒɪsleɪt| — make laws, bills, etc. or bring into effect by legislation

legislation |ˌledʒɪsˈleɪʃn| — law enacted by a legislative body

legislative |ˈledʒɪsleɪtɪv| — relating to a legislature or composed of members of a legislature

legislator |ˈledʒɪsleɪtər| — someone who makes or enacts laws

legislature |ˈledʒɪsleɪtʃər| — persons who make or amend or repeal laws

legitimacy |lɪˈdʒɪtɪməsi| — lawfulness by virtue of being authorized or in accordance with law

legitimate |lɪˈdʒɪtɪmət| — make legal

legitimately |lɪˈdʒɪtɪmətli| — in a manner acceptable to common custom

legitimation |lɪˌdʒɪtɪˈmeɪʃən| — the act of rendering a person legitimate

legitimatize |lɪˈdʒɪtɪmətaɪz| — make legal

legitimize |lɪˈdʒɪtəmaɪz| — make legal

legume |ˈleɡjuːm| — an erect or climbing bean or pea plant of the family Leguminosae

leguminous |lɪˈɡjuːmɪnəs| — relating to or consisting of legumes

lei |ˈleɪ| — flower arrangement consisting of a circular band of foliage or flowers for ornamental purposes

leister |ˈliːstər| — a spear with three or more prongs; used for spearing fish (especially salmon)

leisure |ˈliːʒər| — time available for ease and relaxation

leisured |ˈliːʒərd| — free from duties or responsibilities

leisurely |ˈliːʒərli| — in an unhurried way or at one's convenience

leitmotif |ˈlaɪtmoʊtiːf| — a melodic phrase that accompanies the reappearance of a person or situation (as in Wagner's operas)

leitmotiv |ˈlaɪtmoʊtiːf| — a melodic phrase that accompanies the reappearance of a person or situation (as in Wagner's operas)

lemma |ˈlemə| — a subsidiary proposition that is assumed to be true in order to prove another proposition

lemming |ˈlemɪŋ| — any of various short-tailed furry-footed rodents of circumpolar distribution

lemon |ˈlemən| — yellow oval fruit with juicy acidic flesh

lemonade |ˌleməˈneɪd| — sweetened beverage of diluted lemon juice

lemony |ˈlemənɪ| — tasting sour like a lemon

lemur |ˈliːmər| — large-eyed arboreal prosimian having foxy faces and long furry tails

lend |lend| — bestow a quality on

Lend-Lease |ˈlendˈliːs| — the transfer of goods and services to an ally to aid in a common cause

lender |ˈlendər| — someone who lends money or gives credit in business matters

lending |ˈlendɪŋ| — disposing of money or property with the expectation that the same thing (or an equivalent) will be returned

length |leŋθ| — the linear extent in space from one end to the other; the longest dimension of something that is fixed in place

lengthen |ˈleŋθən| — make longer

lengthened |ˈleŋθənd| — drawn out or made longer spatially

lengthening |ˈleŋθənɪŋ| — the act of prolonging something

lengthiness  — amount or degree or range to which something extends

lengthways |ˈleŋθweɪz| — running or extending in the direction of the length of a thing

lengthwise |ˈleŋˌθwaɪz| — running or extending in the direction of the length of a thing

lengthy |ˈleŋθi| — relatively long in duration; tediously protracted

lenience |ˈliːnɪəns| — mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant

leniency |ˈliːniənsi| — mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant

lenient |ˈliːniənt| — tolerant or lenient

leniently |ˈliːnjəntli| — in a permissively lenient manner

Leninism |ˈlenɪnɪzəm| — the political and economic theories of Lenin which provided the guiding doctrine of the Soviet Union; the modification of Marxism by Lenin stressed that imperialism is the highest form of capitalism (which shifts the struggle from developed to underdevelo

lenitive |ˈlenədiv| — remedy that eases pain and discomfort

lenity |ˈlenɪti| — mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant

lens |lenz| — a transparent optical device used to converge or diverge transmitted light and to form images

lent |lent| — a period of 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday

Lenten |ˈlent(ə)n| — of or relating to or suitable for Lent

lenticular |lenˈtikyələr| — convex on both sides; shaped like a lentil

lentil |ˈlentl| — round flat seed of the lentil plant used for food

lento |ˈlentoʊ| — in music

Leo |ˈliːoʊ| — (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Leo

leonine |ˈliːənaɪn| — of or characteristic of or resembling a lion

leopard |ˈlepərd| — the pelt of a leopard

leopardess |ˈlepərdes| — female leopard

leotard |ˈliːətɑːrd| — a tight-fitting garment of stretchy material that covers the body from the shoulders to the thighs (and may have long sleeves or legs reaching down to the ankles); worn by ballet dancers and acrobats for practice or performance

leper |ˈlepər| — a person afflicted with leprosy

leprechaun |ˈleprəkɔːn| — a mischievous elf in Irish folklore

leprosy |ˈleprəsi| — chronic granulomatous communicable disease occurring in tropical and subtropical regions; characterized by inflamed nodules beneath the skin and wasting of body parts; caused by the bacillus Mycobacterium leprae

leprous |ˈleprəs| — relating to or resembling or having leprosy

lepton |ˈlɛptɒn| — 100 lepta equal 1 drachma in Greece

Lesbian |ˈlezbiən| — a female homosexual

lesion |ˈliːʒn| — any localized abnormal structural change in a bodily part

less |les| — (usually preceded by `no') lower in quality

lessee |leˈsiː| — a tenant who holds a lease

lessen |ˈlesn| — decrease in size, extent, or range

lessened |ˈlesənd| — impaired by diminution

lessening |ˈlesənɪŋ| — a change downward

lesser |ˈlesər| — smaller in size or amount or value

lesson |ˈlesn| — a unit of instruction

lessor |leˈsɔːr| — someone who grants a lease

let |let| — a brutal terrorist group active in Kashmir; fights against India with the goal of restoring Islamic rule of India

let down |ˈlet ˈdaʊn| — move something or somebody to a lower position

let in |ˈlet ɪn| — allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of

let off |ˈlet ˈɒf| — grant exemption or release to

let on |ˈlet ɑːn| — make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret

let out |ˈlet ˈaʊt| — express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)

let up |ˈlet ʌp| — become less in amount or intensity

letdown |ˈletˌdɑʊn| — a feeling of dissatisfaction that results when your expectations are not realized

lethal |ˈliːθl| — of an instrument of certain death

lethargic |ləˈθɑːrdʒɪk| — deficient in alertness or activity

lethargy |ˈleθərdʒi| — a state of comatose torpor (as found in sleeping sickness)

Lethe |ˈliːθi| — (Greek mythology) a river in Hades; the souls of the dead had to drink from it, which made them forget all they had done and suffered when they were alive

letter |ˈletər| — a written message addressed to a person or organization

letter-perfect |ˈˌledər ˈˌpərfəkt| — correct to the last detail; especially being in or following the exact words

lettered |ˈledərd| — highly educated; having extensive information or understanding

letterhead |ˈletərhed| — a sheet of stationery with name and address of the organization printed at the top

lettering |ˈletərɪŋ| — letters inscribed (especially words engraved or carved) on something

letterpress |ˈledərˌpres| — printing from a plate with raised characters

letters |ˈletərz| — the literary culture

Lettish |ˈleˌtɪʃ| — the official language of Latvia; belongs to the Baltic branch of Indo-European

lettuce |ˈletɪs| — informal terms for money

letup |ˈlet̬ˌʌp| — a pause during which things are calm or activities are diminished

leu |ˈluː| — the basic unit of money in Moldova

leucocyte |ˈluːkəsaɪt| — blood cells that engulf and digest bacteria and fungi; an important part of the body's defense system

leucoma |luːˈkəʊmə| — eye disease consisting of an opaque white spot on the cornea

leukemia |luːˈkiːmiə| — malignant neoplasm of blood-forming tissues; characterized by abnormal proliferation of leukocytes; one of the four major types of cancer

leukocyte |ˈluːkəˌsaɪt| — blood cells that engulf and digest bacteria and fungi; an important part of the body's defense system

leukoma  — eye disease consisting of an opaque white spot on the cornea

lev |lev| — the basic unit of money in Bulgaria

levant |ləˈvant| — a heavy morocco often used in bookbinding

Levanter |ləˈvan(t)ər| — an easterly wind in the western Mediterranean area

Levantine |ləˈvæntaɪn| — (formerly) a native or inhabitant of the Levant

levee |ˈlevi| — a formal reception of visitors or guests (as at a royal court)

level |ˈlevl| — a position on a scale of intensity or amount or quality

level off |ˈlevəl ˈɒf| — become level or even

level-headed |ˈlevəlˈhedɪd| — exercising or showing good judgment

leveler  — a radical who advocates the abolition of social distinctions

leveling |ˈlevəlɪŋ| — changing the ground level to a smooth horizontal or gently sloping surface

leveller |ˈlevələr| — a radical who advocates the abolition of social distinctions

lever |ˈlevər| — a rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum

leverage |ˈlevərɪdʒ| — the mechanical advantage gained by being in a position to use a lever

leveret |ˈlevərət| — a young hare especially one in its first year

leviathan |ləˈvaɪəθən| — the largest or most massive thing of its kind

levis |ˈlevəs| — a popular brand of jeans

levitate |ˈlevɪteɪt| — cause to rise in the air and float, as if in defiance of gravity

Leviticus |ləˈvidəkəs| — the third book of the Old Testament; contains Levitical law and ritual precedents

levity |ˈlevəti| — feeling an inappropriate lack of seriousness

levy |ˈlevi| — a charge imposed and collected

lewd |luːd| — suggestive of or tending to moral looseness

lewdness |ˈljuːdnəs| — the trait of behaving in an obscene manner

lewis |ˈluːɪs| — United States rock star singer and pianist (born in 1935)

lexical |ˈleksɪkl| — of or relating to words

lexicographer |ˌleksɪˈkɑːɡrəfər| — a compiler or writer of a dictionary; a student of the lexical component of language

lexicography |ˌleksɪˈkɑːɡrəfi| — the act of writing dictionaries

lexicology |ˌleksɪˈkɑːlədʒi| — the branch of linguistics that studies the lexical component of language

lexicon |ˈleksɪkən| — a language user's knowledge of words

lexis |ˈleksɪs| — all of the words in a language; all word forms having meaning or grammatical function

ley |leɪ| — a field covered with grass or herbage and suitable for grazing by livestock