Confusing Words Clarified: Group L; Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs, Synonyms, Polysemes, etc. +
(lists of "L" sections that are organized into what for some people are confusing groups of words)
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2. To put something in a place for another person to take or to have: The mail carrier leaves the newspaper subscription in box every day except on Sunday.
3. To allow something to remain available or unused: Make sure Charles leaves some room for an additional chair at the table.
2. Sheets of paper in books, magazines, and other published documents: There were several leaves in the dictionary that were missing or hadn't been printed.
Howard's neighbor leaves his fallen leaves piling up in his yard without ever raking them up.
The results of the recent election resulted in a new aboriginal legislator to sit in the federal legislature.
2. To give support or assistance: Tracie will lend her son her sleeping bag so he can go camping with his friends.
3. To adjust or to accommodate: That topic will lend itself to a valuable discussion in class.
Mildred's school expenses were greater than she had anticipated; so, she will have to ask her father to lend her a substantial loan to help pay for her tuition.
It seems to Tami that the lesser of two difficult choices is to go ahead and to sign as a short term lessee with a reputable lessor.
2. An assignment, exercise, or task to be studied and learned by a pupil: It is time for Billy to practice his music lesson.
The teacher wanted to decrease the content of her next class presentation; so, she told her students that she will lessen the next lesson.
2. An embankment or dike to prevent flooding: The engineers designed a new levee on the river after the recent devastating deluge.
The town council decided to institute a new levy which would be used to reinforce the old levee by the river.
The announcement of the new levy was made at the annual mayor's levee at the recent holiday.
2. A part of a building which is at a specified height: Reservations were made so Nathan and Josie could have good seats in the upper level of the theater.
3. A process of thinking about, talking about, or dealing with something: Philip thought that the politician's position was acceptable on an emotional level, but not on a practical level.
Dale, will you level with me? Are the pictures hanging on the right level?
2. Describing a person who is legally responsible for something: Jack said, "Ronda, you are liable for the repayment of your bank loan."
3. Bound or obliged in law or equity; responsible; chargeable; answerable; compelled to make satisfaction, compensation, or restitution: Borrowers are liable for the repayment for any loans they make with financial institutions.
The husband and wife were told that they were liable for their debts to the store.
Bryan lost his job on the basis of slander brought against him by a fellow worker.
The foreman was informed that he would be liable for any damage that was done to the reputation of the factory as the result of any libel or slander that was spread during the strike.
Estella was no liar when she said she was an expert performer on the lyre because she was a fantastic performer!
Norman was wondering if the stringed musical instrument was a liar (lacking in veracity), because it was called a lyre.
A liar is a person who, when he dies, lies still.
2. Not exact or precise: The translation of the lecture notes was not liberal but it was meaningful anyway.
3. Broad minded, not traditional: Elisa's upbringing was very liberal.
4. When capitalized, it describes a member of a certain political party in the United Kingdom and in Canada: The Liberal candidate won the election by a wide margin.
2. An individual who is disdainful of convention and morality: Dale acted as a libertine, exploring the bars and places of poor reputation.
2. Opportunity or choice: Karin has the liberty to decide between two careers.
3. Risk, moving away from typical practice: By smoking and heavy drinking, Mark was taking severe liberty with his health.
4. A short, authorized leave, usually in the context of military organizations: Leonard asked for and was granted a 48-hour liberty to visit his family.
The captain of the ship was liberal when he granted shore liberty to the crew; however, he cautioned each one not to act as a libertine even though the captain himself was considered a libertarian.
It is a fair comparison to liken mistletoe to lichen since they both grow in a symbiotic relationship with their hosts.
2. Informal, to defeat someone in a fight or contest: Sean is bigger, but Florence's brother thinks he can lick the guy in wrestling.
The dog was trying to get a lick of the cat's eating dish.2. A small amount: The chair needs just a lick of paint right there on the leg.
Mike hasn't done a lick of work today.
Aunt Polly threatened to lick her nephew if he tried to lick his plate before going out to apply a lick of paint to the fence, but her nephew got distracted with a fight as he tried to lick another boy who called him a bad name.
Ann smacked her lips in a lickerish way in anticipation of the new flavored licorice candy she saw at the candy store.
2. To rest in a recumbent and horizontal position: Lenora decided to lie on the sofa for a few minutes to repose after her busy afternoon.
It would be a lie if Bonita told Trina that she made the lye at home when she actually bought it at the store so she could lie on the sofa sooner.
The backpack was light enough for Jimmy to carry.2. Describing something which is not dark or of a deep color: Delores has light hair and a light complexion.
2. A form of energy that makes it possible to see things; especially, at night: It was time to turn on the living room light.
During the storm, Lenora and her family had to use candles so they could have enough light to see their way around because the electricity had been cut off.
Because Ed wants to be light on his feet, he tends to eat lite cheese. His favorite lite cheese is light yellow in color and is made in Oregon, USA.