Meaning of LEASE in English


I. verb

or leaze ˈlēz

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English lesen, from Old English lesan to gather, glean; akin to Old High German lesan to gather, select, Old Norse lesa to gather, pick, Gothic lisan to gather, Lithuanian lesti to peck up

intransitive verb

now dialect England : to glean grain

transitive verb

dialect England : to separate (as impurities from grain) by picking

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English leese, lese, from Old English lǣs open pasture (gen., dative, & accusative lǣse, lǣswe ); perhaps akin to Old Norse lāth landed property — more at lathe

dialect : an open pasture or common

III. ˈlēs noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English les, from Anglo-French, from lesser, v.

1. : a contract by which one conveys lands, tenements, or hereditaments for life, for a term of years, or at will or for any less interest than that of the lessor, usually for a specified rent or compensation ; also : the act of such conveyance, the instrument by which it is made, or the term for which it is made — distinguished from license

2. : a piece of land or property that is leased

3. : a continuance or opportunity of continuance especially in vigorous existence or action usually because of some favoring change or development : hold , term — often used in the phrase lease on life or lease of life

criticism took on a new lease on life — C.I.Glicksberg

with the development of civilian air commerce it took on a new lease of life — Current Biography

if the election yields a majority prepared to support them, the ministry is given a new lease on life — F.A.Ogg & Harold Zink

the Scottish forwards seemed to have got a new lease of life — John Buchan

IV. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Anglo-French lesser, from Old French laissier, lessier to let loose, let go, leave, from Latin laxare to loosen, from laxus slack, loose, spacious — more at slack

transitive verb

1. : to grant or convey to another by lease : let

leased his house for the summer

2. : to hold under a lease : take a lease of

a tenant leases his land from the owner

intransitive verb

1. : to be under lease or be subject to lease

this property leases at a monthly rental of $100

2. : to lease a property

fitted to limn the genus summer renter, having leased to a few invaders himself — New York Times Magazine

V. noun

( -s )

Etymology: perhaps alteration of leash (I)

1. : a system of crossing warp threads with cords or rods alternately over and under one end or in groups to keep them in position during beaming and weaving

2. : lash 4

VI. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

: to make a lease in (yarn or thread)

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