lease

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English lesen, from Old English lesan (to collect, pick, select, gather), from Proto-Germanic *lesaną (to gather), from Proto-Indo-European *les- (to gather). Cognate with Scots lease (to arrange, gather), West Frisian lêze (to read), Lua error in Module:etymology_language at line 136: The source language/family code "frs" is not valid. Lua error in Module:links/templates at line 52: The language code "frs" is not valid., Dutch lezen (to gather, read), German lesen (to gather, read), Danish læse (to collect, read).

Verb[edit]

lease (third-person singular simple present leases, present participle leasing, simple past and past participle leased)

  1. (transitive, chiefly dialectal) to gather.
  2. (transitive, chiefly dialectal) to pick, select, pick out; to pick up.
  3. (transitive, chiefly dialectal) to glean.
  4. (intransitive, chiefly dialectal) to glean, gather up leavings.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English leas, lees, les, from Old English lēas (false, void, loose), from Proto-Germanic *lausaz (loose, free), from Proto-Indo-European *lū- (to untie, set free, sever). Cognate with German los (loose), Swedish lös (loose). More at loose.

Adjective[edit]

lease (comparative leaser or more lease, superlative leasest or most lease)

  1. false; lying; deceptive
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Noun[edit]

lease (plural leases)

  1. falsehood; a lie

Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English *leasien, from Old English lēasian (to lie, tell lies), from lēas (falsehood, lying, untruth, mistake).

Verb[edit]

lease (third-person singular simple present leases, present participle leasing, simple past and past participle leased)

  1. (transitive, intransitive, UK dialectal) To tell lies; tell lies about; slander; calumniate.

Etymology 4[edit]

From Middle English lese, from Old English lǣs (meadow), from Proto-Germanic *lēswō (meadow), from Proto-Indo-European *lēy-, *lēid- (to leave, let). Cognate with Old Saxon lēsa (meadow). See also leasow.

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Noun[edit]

lease (plural leases)

  1. an open pasture or common
    • 1928, Thomas Hardy, He Never Expected Much:
      Since as a child I used to lie
      Upon the leaze and watch the sky,
      Never, I own, expected I
      That life would all be fair.

Etymology 5[edit]

From Middle English lesen, from Old English līesan (to loosen, release, redeem, deliver, liberate), from Proto-Germanic *lausijaną (to release, loosen), from Proto-Indo-European *leu- (to cut, solve, separate). Cognate with Dutch lozen (to drain, discharge), German lösen (to release), Swedish lösa (to solve), Icelandic leysa (to solve).

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Verb[edit]

lease (third-person singular simple present leases, present participle leasing, simple past and past participle leased)

  1. (transitive, UK dialectal) To release; let go; unloose.

Etymology 6[edit]

From Middle English *lesen, from Anglo-Norman *leser, Old French lesser, laisier (to let, let go), from Medieval Latin lassō (to let, let go), partly from Latin laxō (to loose); partly from Old High German lāzzan, lāzan (German lassen, to let, let go, release). Cognate with Old English lǣtan (to allow, let go, leave, rent). More at let.

Verb[edit]

lease (third-person singular simple present leases, present participle leasing, simple past and past participle leased)

  1. (transitive) To operate or live in some property or land through purchasing a long-term contract (or leasehold) from the owner (or freeholder).
  2. (transitive) To take or hold by lease.
  3. (intransitive) To grant a lease; to let or rent.
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Noun[edit]

lease (plural leases)

  1. A contract granting use or occupation of property during a specified period in exchange for a specified rent
  2. The period of such a contract
  3. A leasehold
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Etymology 7[edit]

From leash

Noun[edit]

lease

  1. The place at which the warp-threads cross on a loom.

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Verb[edit]

lease

  1. first-person singular present indicative of leasen
  2. (archaic) singular present subjunctive of leasen
  3. imperative of leasen