Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A contract granting use or occupation of property during a specified period in exchange for a specified rent or other form of payment.
  • noun The term or duration of such a contract.
  • transitive verb To grant use or occupation of under the terms of a contract.
  • transitive verb To get or hold by such a contract.
  • idiom (a new lease on life) An opportunity to improve one's circumstances or outlook.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • To gather; pick; pick up; pick out; select.
  • Specifically To glean, as corn.
  • To glean; gather up leavings, as at harvest.
  • False; lying; deceptive.
  • noun Falsehood; a lie.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A pasture.
  • noun A common.
  • noun In Australian mining, a mining leasehold; a piece of ground leased for the purpose of mining.
  • noun 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.
  • noun The written instrument by which a leasehold estate is created.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb obsolete To gather what harvesters have left behind; to glean.
  • transitive verb To grant to another by lease the possession of, as of lands, tenements, and hereditaments; to let; to demise; ; -- sometimes with out.
  • transitive verb To hold under a lease; to take lease of.
  • noun The temporary transfer of a possession to another person in return for a fee or other valuable consideration paid for the transfer
  • noun The contract for such letting.
  • noun Any tenure by grant or permission; the time for which such a tenure holds good; allotted time.
  • noun a mode of conveyance of freehold estates, formerly common in England and in New York. its place is now supplied by a simple deed of grant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective false; lying; deceptive
  • noun falsehood; a lie
  • verb transitive to gather.
  • verb transitive to pick, select, pick out; to pick up.
  • verb transitive to glean.
  • verb intransitive to glean, gather up leavings.
  • verb transitive To release; let go; unloose.
  • noun an open pasture or common
  • noun The place at which the warp-threads cross on a loom
  • verb transitive, intransitive To tell lies; tell lies about; slander; calumniate.
  • verb transitive To operate or live in some property or land through purchasing a long-term contract (or leasehold) from the owner (or freeholder).
  • verb transitive To take or hold by lease.
  • verb intransitive To grant a lease; to let or rent.
  • noun A contract granting use or occupation of property during a specified period in exchange for a specified rent
  • noun The period of such a contract
  • noun A leasehold

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services
  • verb grant use or occupation of under a term of contract
  • noun a contract granting use or occupation of property during a specified time for a specified payment
  • verb engage for service under a term of contract
  • verb let for money
  • noun property that is leased or rented out or let
  • noun the period of time during which a contract conveying property to a person is in effect

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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.]

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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.

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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").

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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").

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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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From leash

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From Middle English *leasien, from Old English lēasian ("to lie, tell lies"), from lēas ("falsehood, lying, untruth, mistake").

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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.

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