leese

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English lesen, from Old English *lēosan (only attested in compounds: belēosan, forlēosan, etc.), from Proto-Germanic *leusaną (to lose), from Proto-Indo-European *lews- (to cut; sever; separate; loosen; lose).

Verb[edit]

leese (third-person singular simple present leeses, present participle leesing, simple past and past participle leesed)

  1. (obsolete) To lose.
    • Lord Burleigh
      They would rather leese their friend than their jest.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Edmund Spenser to this entry?)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English lesen, from Old English lȳsan, līesan (to let loose; release), from Proto-Germanic *lausijaną. Cognate with Dutch lozen, German lösen, Swedish lösa.

Verb[edit]

leese (third-person singular simple present leeses, present participle leesing, simple past and past participle leesed)

  1. (obsolete) To release, set free.
  2. (obsolete) To loosen, unfasten.