See also: léase

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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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).

VerbEdit

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.

QuotationsEdit

For usage examples of this term, see Citations:lease.

Etymology 2Edit

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.

AdjectiveEdit

lease (comparative leaser or more lease, superlative leasest or most lease)

  1. false; lying; deceptive
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NounEdit

lease (plural leases)

  1. falsehood; a lie
    This is all lease. I don't believe it.
    • 1460-1500, The Towneley Playsː
      We held with him there he said lease, and therefore have we all unpeaceǃ
    • 1460-1500, The Towneley Playsː
      Ye shall have joy and bliss [] I say without lease.
    • 1460-1500, The Towneley Playsː
      He is so fair, without lease, he seems full well to sit on this.

Etymology 3Edit

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

VerbEdit

lease (third-person singular simple present leases, present participle leasing, simple past and past participle leased)

  1. (transitive, intransitive, Britain dialectal) To tell lies; tell lies about; slander; calumniate.

Etymology 4Edit

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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NounEdit

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 5Edit

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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VerbEdit

lease (third-person singular simple present leases, present participle leasing, simple past and past participle leased)

  1. (transitive, Britain dialectal) To release; let go; unloose.

Etymology 6Edit

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 (to let, let go, release) (German lassen). Cognate with Old English lǣtan (to allow, let go, leave, rent). More at let.

VerbEdit

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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NounEdit

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 7Edit

From leash.

NounEdit

lease

  1. The place at which the warp-threads cross on a loom.

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