from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A contract granting use or occupation of property during a specified period in exchange for a specified rent.
- n. The term or duration of such a contract.
- n. Property used or occupied under the terms of such a contract.
- transitive v. To grant use or occupation of under the terms of a contract.
- transitive v. To get or hold by such a contract.
- idiom a new lease on life An opportunity to improve one's circumstances or outlook.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. false; lying; deceptive
- n. falsehood; a lie
- v. To tell lies; tell lies about; slander; calumniate.
- n. an open pasture or common
- v. To release; let go; unloose.
- n. The place at which the warp-threads cross on a loom
- v. to gather.
- v. to pick, select, pick out; to pick up.
- v. to glean.
- v. to glean, gather up leavings.
- v. To operate or live in some property or land through purchasing a long-term contract (or leasehold) from the owner (or freeholder).
- v. To take or hold by lease.
- v. To grant a lease; to let or rent.
- n. A contract granting use or occupation of property during a specified period in exchange for a specified rent
- n. The period of such a contract
- n. A leasehold
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To gather what harvesters have left behind; to glean.
- transitive v. To grant to another by lease the possession of, as of lands, tenements, and hereditaments; to let; to demise; ; -- sometimes with out.
- transitive v. To hold under a lease; to take lease of.
- n. The temporary transfer of a possession to another person in return for a fee or other valuable consideration paid for the transfer
- n. The contract for such letting.
- n. Any tenure by grant or permission; the time for which such a tenure holds good; allotted time.
- transitive v.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To gather; pick; pick up; pick out; select.
- Specifically To glean, as corn.
- To glean; gather up leavings, as at harvest.
- To grant the temporary possession of, as lands, tenements, or hereditaments, to another for compensation at a fixed rate; let; demise.
- To take a lease of, or to take, as lands, etc., by a lease: as, he leased the farm from the proprietor.
- n. A contract transferring a right to the possession and enjoyment of real property for life or for a definite period of time or at will, usually made in consideration of a periodical compensation called rent, in modern times usually payable in money, but sometimes in a share of the produce, and in former times frequently in services.
- n. The written instrument by which a leasehold estate is created.
- n. The duration of tenure by lease; a term of leasing; hence, the terminable time or period of anything: as, to take property on a long lease; a short lease of life.
- False; lying; deceptive.
- n. Falsehood; a lie.
- n. A pasture.
- n. A common.
- n. In weaving, the system of crossings in the warp-threads in a loom between the yarn-beam and the heddles, effected by passing each warp-thread alternately over and under the lease-rods.
- n. In Australian mining, a mining leasehold; a piece of ground leased for the purpose of mining.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services
- v. grant use or occupation of under a term of contract
- n. a contract granting use or occupation of property during a specified time for a specified payment
- v. engage for service under a term of contract
- v. let for money
- n. property that is leased or rented out or let
- n. the period of time during which a contract conveying property to a person is in effect
Middle English les, from Anglo-Norman, from lesser, to lease, variant of Old French laissier, to let go, from Latin laxāre, to loosen, from laxus, loose; see slēg- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English *leasien, from Old English lēasian ("to lie, tell lies"), from lēas ("falsehood, lying, untruth, mistake"). (Wiktionary)
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. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English lesen, from Old English līesan ("to loosen, release, redeem, deliver, liberate"), from Proto-Germanic *lausijanan (“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"). (Wiktionary)
From leash (Wiktionary)
From Middle English lesen, from Old English lesan ("to collect, pick, select, gather"), from Proto-Germanic *lesanan (“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"). (Wiktionary)
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. (Wiktionary)