lease

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English[edit]

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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), Saterland Frisian leese ‎(to gather, read), West Frisian lêze ‎(to 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
    • 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