WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
lease1 /lis/USA pronunciation
n., v., leased, leas•ing.
- a contract allowing the use of land, renting property, etc., to another for a certain period in exchange for rent or other payment.
- the period of time for which a lease is made:a five-year lease.
- to grant the temporary possession or use of (lands, property, etc.) to another, usually for compensation at a fixed rate; to let: [~ + object ( + to + object)]to lease one's apartment to a friend.[~ + object + object]We leased him the apartment.[no object]to lease at a lower rate.
- [~ + object ( + from + object)] to take or hold by lease:He leased the farm from the sheriff.
leas•er, n. [countable]
- a new lease on life, [countable] a chance to improve one's situation or to live longer or more happily:After his heart operation he felt he had a new lease on life.
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lease /liːs/ n
- a contract by which property is conveyed to a person for a specified period, usually for rent
- the instrument by which such property is conveyed
- the period of time for which it is conveyed
- a prospect of renewed health, happiness, etc: a new lease of life
Etymology: 15th Century: via Anglo-French from Old French lais (n), from laissier to let go, from Latin laxāre to loosenˈleasable adj ˈleaser n
- to grant possession of (land, buildings, etc) by lease
- to take a lease of (property); hold under a lease
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