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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.


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

  1. false; lying; deceptive

Related terms


Lease (plural Leases)
  1. falsehood; a lie


Lease (plural Leases)
  1. an open pasture or common


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.


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


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

Verbs for Lease

approve—; cancel—; comply with—; demand—; enjoy—; gain—; grant—; ignore —; nullify—; obtain—; renew—; study—; terminate—; violate—; —expires; —guarantees; —protects; —runs out; —satisfies; extend—.


adverse possession, alodium, bareboat charter, burgage, charter, claim, colony, copyhold, de facto, de jure, dependency, derivative title, equitable estate, estate at sufferance, estate for life, estate for years, estate in expectancy, estate in fee, estate in possession, estate tail, farm, farm out, fee, fee fief, fee position, fee simple, fee simple absolute, fee simple conditional, fee simple defeasible, fee simple determinable, fee tail, feod, feodum, feud, feudal estate, fief, fiefdom, frankalmoign, free socage, freehold, gavelkind, having title to, hire, hire out, hiring, hold, holding, job, knight service, lay fee, lease out, lease-back, lease-lend, leasehold, legal claim, legal estate, legal possession, lend-lease, let, let off, let out, mandate, occupancy, occupation, original title, owning, paramount estate, particular estate, possessing, possession, preoccupancy, preoccupation, prepossession, prescription, property, property rights, proprietary rights, remainder, rent, rent out, rental, reversion, seisin, socage, squatting, sublease, sublet, subrent, tenancy, tenantry, tenure, tenure in chivalry, title, underlease, underlet, undertenancy, usucapion, vested estate, villein socage, villeinhold, villenage


Etymology 1

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 West Frisian lêze (to read), Dutch lezen (to gather, read), German lesen (to gather, read), Danish læse (to collect, read).

Etymology 2

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.

Etymology 3

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.

Alternative forms

Etymology 4

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 of Germanic origin, 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.

Etymology 5

From leash








  1. first-person singular present indicative of leasen.
  2. singular present subjunctive of leasen.
  3. imperative of leasen.