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It is possible to have a pretty good life and career being a leech and a parasite in the media world, gadding about from TV studio to TV studio, writing inconsequential pieces and having a good time.
Boris Johnson

Meaning of "leech" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD LEECH

Old English lǣce, lœce; related to Middle Dutch lieke.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF LEECH

leech  [liːtʃ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF LEECH

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Leech is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb leech in English.

WHAT DOES LEECH MEAN IN ENGLISH?

leech

Leech

Leeches are segmented worms that belong to the phylum Annelida and comprise the subclass Hirudinea. Like other oligochaetes, such as earthworms, leeches share a clitellum and are hermaphrodites. Nevertheless, they differ from other oligochaetes in significant ways. For example, leeches do not have bristles and the external segmentation of their bodies does not correspond with the internal segmentation of their organs. Their bodies are much more solid as the spaces in their coelom are dense with connective tissues. They also have two suckers, one at each end. The majority of leeches live in freshwater environments, while some species can be found in terrestrial and marine environments, as well. Most leeches are hematophagous, as they are predominantly blood suckers that feed on blood from vertebrate and invertebrate animals. Almost 700 species of leeches are currently recognized, of which some 100 are marine, 90 terrestrial and the remainder freshwater taxa. Leeches, such as the Hirudo medicinalis, have been historically used in medicine to remove blood from patients.

Definition of leech in the English dictionary

The definition of leech in the dictionary is a person who clings to or preys on another person. Other definition of leech is to use leeches to suck the blood of, as a method of medical treatment.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO LEECH

PRESENT

Present
I leech
you leech
he/she/it leeches
we leech
you leech
they leech
Present continuous
I am leeching
you are leeching
he/she/it is leeching
we are leeching
you are leeching
they are leeching
Present perfect
I have leeched
you have leeched
he/she/it has leeched
we have leeched
you have leeched
they have leeched
Present perfect continuous
I have been leeching
you have been leeching
he/she/it has been leeching
we have been leeching
you have been leeching
they have been leeching
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I leeched
you leeched
he/she/it leeched
we leeched
you leeched
they leeched
Past continuous
I was leeching
you were leeching
he/she/it was leeching
we were leeching
you were leeching
they were leeching
Past perfect
I had leeched
you had leeched
he/she/it had leeched
we had leeched
you had leeched
they had leeched
Past perfect continuous
I had been leeching
you had been leeching
he/she/it had been leeching
we had been leeching
you had been leeching
they had been leeching
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will leech
you will leech
he/she/it will leech
we will leech
you will leech
they will leech
Future continuous
I will be leeching
you will be leeching
he/she/it will be leeching
we will be leeching
you will be leeching
they will be leeching
Future perfect
I will have leeched
you will have leeched
he/she/it will have leeched
we will have leeched
you will have leeched
they will have leeched
Future perfect continuous
I will have been leeching
you will have been leeching
he/she/it will have been leeching
we will have been leeching
you will have been leeching
they will have been leeching
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would leech
you would leech
he/she/it would leech
we would leech
you would leech
they would leech
Conditional continuous
I would be leeching
you would be leeching
he/she/it would be leeching
we would be leeching
you would be leeching
they would be leeching
Conditional perfect
I would have leech
you would have leech
he/she/it would have leech
we would have leech
you would have leech
they would have leech
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been leeching
you would have been leeching
he/she/it would have been leeching
we would have been leeching
you would have been leeching
they would have been leeching
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you leech
we let´s leech
you leech
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to leech
Past participle
leeched
Present Participle
leeching
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH LEECH


beach
biːtʃ
beech
biːtʃ
bleach
bliːtʃ
breach
briːtʃ
breech
briːtʃ
each
iːtʃ
eche
iːtʃ
impeach
ɪmˈpiːtʃ
keech
kiːtʃ
leach
liːtʃ
outreach
ˌaʊtˈriːtʃ
overreach
ˌəʊvəˈriːtʃ
peach
piːtʃ
preach
priːtʃ
reach
riːtʃ
reech
riːtʃ
screech
skriːtʃ
speech
spiːtʃ
teach
tiːtʃ
Wisbech
ˈwɪzbiːtʃ

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE LEECH

lee
lee wave
leeboard
leechcraft
leechdom
leechlike
Leeds
Leeds Castle
leek
leep
leer
leerier
leerily
leeriness
leering
leeringly
leerist
leery
lees
leet

WORDS THAT END LIKE LEECH

acceptance speech
budget speech
cling like a leech
copper beech
curtain speech
direct speech
figure of speech
fleech
free speech
hate speech
indirect speech
keynote speech
King´s speech
maiden speech
nonspeech
part of speech
Queen´s speech
reported speech
stump speech
unbreech

Synonyms and antonyms of leech in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «LEECH»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «leech» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of leech

Translation of «leech» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF LEECH

Find out the translation of leech to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of leech from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «leech» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

水蛭
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

sanguijuela
570 millions of speakers

English

leech
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

जोंक
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

علقة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

пиявка
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

sanguessuga
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

জোঁক
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

sangsue
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Lintah
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Blutegel
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

ヒル
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

거머리
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Lintah
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

con đia
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

அட்டை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

जळू
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

sülük
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

sanguisuga
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

pijawka
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

п´явка
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

lipitoare
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

βδέλλα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

Leech
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

igel
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

igle
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of leech

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «LEECH»

The term «leech» is very widely used and occupies the 20.113 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «LEECH» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «leech» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «leech» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about leech

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3 QUOTES WITH «LEECH»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word leech.
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Chris Brown
With fame, you can't trust everybody. You can't depend on them being there for you as a person. They will only be there because of what you've got you as a person. They will only be there because of what you've got and what you can bring to their life. It's not a relationship-it's a leech.
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Boris Johnson
It is possible to have a pretty good life and career being a leech and a parasite in the media world, gadding about from TV studio to TV studio, writing inconsequential pieces and having a good time.
3
Michael Shannon
Honestly, as hard a profession as acting is, I think music is even harder. Acting, you're like a leech, because someone else does the hard part for you. They write it for you, then the director tells you what to do. You really just need to know how to pay attention, follow instructions.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «LEECH»

Discover the use of leech in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to leech and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Medicinal Leech Therapy
This valuable guide for physicians to this important therapy comes from the acknowledged experts in the field.
Andreas Michalsen, Manfred Roth, 2011
2
Leech
Yet that is exactly the role this worm-like parasite has played in both Western and Eastern medicine throughout history. In this book, Robert G. W. Kirk and Neil Pemberton explore how the leech surfaces in radically different spheres.
Robert G. W. Kirk, Neil Pemberton, 2013
3
How to Observe Children
This book shows students how to make the links between observations and child development theory, helping them to achieve higher grades in their childcare awards.
Sheila Riddall-Leech, 2005
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Managing Children's Behaviour
Covers both the theory and practice of behaviour management from birth to adolescence.
Sheila Riddall-Leech, 2003
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Explorations in Semantics and Pragmatics
The aim of this book is to show the way forward to a coherent view of language in which the achievement of the formalist paradigm is strengthened to the extent that its claims are weakened.
Geoffrey N. Leech, 1980
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A Communicative Grammar of English
A Communicative Grammar of English was first published in 1975 and since then the book has established itself as a grammar innovative in approach, reliable in coverage, and clear in its explanations.
Geoffrey Leech, Jan Svartvik, 2013
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A glossary of English grammar
Presents a range of terms used to describe the way the English language is structured. This is an alphabetic guide to common terms used in the description of the English language.
Geoffrey N. Leech, 2006
8
Red Leech: Young Sherlock Holmes 2
The Death Cloud is the first in a series of novels in which the iconic detective is reimagined as a brilliant, troubled and engaging teenager – creating unputdownable detective adventures that remain true to the spirit of the original ...
Andrew Lane, 2011
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Principles of pragmatics
This book presents a rhetorical model of pragmatics: that is, a model which studies linguistic communication in terms of communicative goals and principles of 'good communicative behaviour'.
Geoffrey N. Leech, 1983
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Change in Contemporary English: A Grammatical Study
Based on the systematic analysis of large amounts of computer-readable text, this 2009 book shows how the English language has been changing in the recent past, and discusses the linguistic and social factors that are contributing to this ...
Geoffrey Leech, 2009

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «LEECH»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term leech is used in the context of the following news items.
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One man's monument honors all: Winnie Dam family completes …
WINNIE DAM -- Beneath a modest grave nestled in the Chippewa National Forest on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation lies a man forever to ... «Bemidji Pioneer, Jul 15»
2
Petty crime keeps patrol on their toes - New Zealand Herald
Bethlehem Community Patrol fundraiser and spokesman Colin Leech and patrol chairman Dave Eru are seeking more members. Photo / John ... «New Zealand Herald, Jul 15»
3
Leech fly works for summer trout
Leech! The one word guaranteed to clear out the local swimming hole and strike terror into the hearts of many people, young and old. One of ... «The News, Jul 15»
4
Stable Talk with Sophie Leech: Peckhamecho will miss Market …
A pleasing if slightly frustrating week for the stable with two seconds, two thirds and a close fifth from our five runners. The first of the week was ... «Gloucester Citizen, Jul 15»
5
Betting shops leech more £16millon from punters in 2014
People in Enfield have lost more than £16m to betting machines in the space of a year. According to research carried out by the Campaign for ... «Enfield Independent, Jul 15»
6
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lego sets reveal new character Tasu …
... and BB-8 and two unknowns, one with braids and a beard called Tasu Leech and another nameless man from the so-called Kanjiklub gang. «The Independent, Jul 15»
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STAR WARS Rumors: Is Lego Minifig Tasu Leech THE RAID's …
Yet it was a character we've not heard much about, Tasu Leech, that struck me most - could this bearded, long hair, noticeably tan figure be in ... «TwitchFilm, Jul 15»
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'Downton Abbey' season 6 spoilers: Allen Leech's Tom Branson …
'Downton Abbey' season 6 spoilers: Allen Leech's Tom Branson seen on set; feelings grow between Carson and Mrs. Hughes. Staff reporter. «Ecumenical News, Jul 15»
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Downton Abbey series 6: Lady Mary Michelle Dockery and Allen …
Lady Mary actress Michelle Dockery and Allen Leech, who plays Tom Branson, were pictured walking down a picturesque street in Alnwick. «Express.co.uk, Jul 15»
10
Leech Lake Gaming Chooses Agilysys PMS, POS Systems to …
Leech Lake Gaming needed property management and point-of-sale solutions that could manage a diverse business, which includes two ... «Business Wire, Jul 15»

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