What does lease mean?

Definitions for lease

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lease, rental, lettingnoun

    property that is leased or rented out or let

  2. leasenoun

    a contract granting use or occupation of property during a specified time for a specified payment

  3. lease, term of a contractverb

    the period of time during which a contract conveying property to a person is in effect

  4. rent, leaseverb

    let for money

    "We rented our apartment to friends while we were abroad"

  5. rent, hire, charter, leaseverb

    hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services

  6. lease, let, rentverb

    grant use or occupation of under a term of contract

    "I am leasing my country estate to some foreigners"

  7. lease, rent, hire, charter, engage, takeverb

    engage for service under a term of contract

    "We took an apartment on a quiet street"; "Let's rent a car"; "Shall we take a guide in Rome?"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. LEASEnoun

    Etymology: laisser, French. Henry Spelman

    Why, cousin, wer’t thou regent of the world,
    It were a shame to let this land by lease. William Shakespeare.

    Lords of the world have but for life their lease,
    And that too, if the lessor please, must cease. John Denham.

    I have heard a man talk with contempt of bishops leases, as on a worse foot than the rest of his estate. Jonathan Swift.

    Our high-plac’d Macbeth
    Shall live the lease of nature. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Thou to give the world increase,
    Short’ned hast thy own life’s lease. John Milton.

  2. To Leaseverb

    To let by lease.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Where the vicar leases his glebe, the tenant must pay the great tithes to the rector or impropriator, and the small tithes to the vicar. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

  3. To Leaseverb

    To glean; to gather what the harvest men leave.

    Etymology: lesen, Dutch.

    She in harvest us’d to lease;
    But harvest done, to chare-work did aspire,
    Meat, drink, and two-pence, was her daily hire. Dryden.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leaseverb

    to gather what harvesters have left behind; to glean

  2. Leaseverb

    to grant to another by lease the possession of, as of lands, tenements, and hereditaments; to let; to demise; as, a landowner leases a farm to a tenant; -- sometimes with out

  3. Leaseverb

    to hold under a lease; to take lease of; as, a tenant leases his land from the owner

  4. Leaseverb

    a demise or letting of lands, tenements, or hereditaments to another for life, for a term of years, or at will, or for any less interest than that which the lessor has in the property, usually for a specified rent or compensation

  5. Leaseverb

    the contract for such letting

  6. Leaseverb

    any tenure by grant or permission; the time for which such a tenure holds good; allotted time

  7. Etymology: [F. laisser, OF. laissier, lessier, to leave, transmit, L. laxare to loose, slacken, from laxus loose, wide. See Lax, and cf. Lesser.]


  1. Lease

    A lease is a contractual arrangement calling for the lessee to pay the lessor for use of an asset. The narrower term rental agreement can be used to describe a lease in which the asset is tangible property. Language used is that the user rents the land or goods let or rented out by the owner. The verb to lease is less precise as it can refer to either of these actions. Examples of a lease for intangible property are use of a computer program, or use of a radio frequency. The term rental agreement is also sometimes used to describe a periodic lease agreement internationally and in some regions of the United States.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lease

    lēs, n. a contract letting a house, farm, &c. for a term of years: the duration or term of tenure: any tenure.—v.t. to let for a term of years:—pr.p. leas′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. leased.—adjs. Leas′able; Lease′hold, held by lease or contract.—n. a tenure held by lease.—ns. Lease′holder; Leas′er, one who leases. [Fr. laisser, to leave—L. laxāre, to loose, laxus, loose.]

  2. Lease

    lēz, v.i. (prov.) to glean.—n. Leas′ing, gleaning. [A.S. lesan, to gather.]

  3. Lease

    lēs, n. in weaving, the plane in which the warp-threads cross: this system of crossing.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lease' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4313

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'lease' in Nouns Frequency: #1552

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lease in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lease in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of lease in a Sentence

  1. Nabhan Garcia:

    We're in favor of the Indian learning to farm, if he wants to lease the land, partner or plant it himself, it's his right. What's the problem? Quite the opposite, the day that the Indian starts to farm and to have his own income, it will be much better.

  2. Amber Beck:

    The homeowner pays a small fee to lease the equipment but receives the benefit on their monthly utility bill.

  3. Will Gibson:

    The fire sits south of our lease with a series of current and former tailings facilities that form a natural fire break.

  4. Al Baker:

    We don't need to lease because we need to give other airlines the opportunity to feed.

  5. Mike Freeman:

    What this sale will do is lock in about 188 square miles of public lands for oil and gas for the long-term, there's a fundamental disconnect with what they're doing with their lease sale and what they've committed on climate.

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