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), Eastern Frisian lesen (to gather, read), 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

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