lease

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See also: Lease, léase, and -lease

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /liːs/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːs

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English *lesen, from Anglo-Norman *leser, Old French lesser, laisier (to let, let go), partly from Latin laxō (to loose) and partly from Old High German lāzan (to let, let go, release) (German lassen), cognate with Old English lǣtan (to allow, let go, leave, rent) whence let.

Noun[edit]

lease (plural leases)

  1. (formal, law) An interest in land granting use or occupation of real estate for a limited period; a leasehold.
  2. The contract or deed under which such an interest is granted.
  3. The document containing such a contract or deed.
  4. The period of such an interest in land.
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  • Dutch: leasen
  • English: leasing

Verb[edit]

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

  1. (transitive, formal, law) To grant a lease as a landlord; to let.
  2. (transitive, informal) To hold a lease as a tenant.
    I'm leasing a small apartment in Runcorn for a month while I'm there for work.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English lesen, from Old English lesan (to collect, pick, select, gather), from Proto-West Germanic *lesan, from Proto-Germanic *lesaną (to gather).

Verb[edit]

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

  1. (transitive) To gather.
  2. (transitive) To pick, select, pick out; to pick up.
  3. (transitive) To glean.
  4. (intransitive) To glean, gather up leavings.

Quotations[edit]

For quotations using this term, see Citations:lease.

Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English lesen, 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.
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Etymology 4[edit]

From Middle English lese, from Old English lǣs (meadow), from Proto-West Germanic *lāsu (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).

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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 leash.

Noun[edit]

lease (plural leases)

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

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Dutch[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Borrowed from English lease.

Noun[edit]

lease f (plural leases, diminutive leaseje n)

  1. lease
    Synonym: pacht
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Etymology 2[edit]

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Verb[edit]

lease

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

Middle English[edit]

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lease

  1. Alternative form of les

Noun[edit]

lease

  1. Alternative form of les

Old English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈlæ͜ɑː.se/, [ˈlæ͜ɑː.ze]

Adjective[edit]

lēase

  1. inflection of lēas:
    1. strong accusative feminine singular
    2. strong instrumental masculine/neuter singular
    3. strong nominative/accusative masculine/feminine plural
    4. weak nominative neuter/feminine singular