• WordNet 3.6
    • v lease 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?"
    • v lease grant use or occupation of under a term of contract "I am leasing my country estate to some foreigners"
    • v lease let for money "We rented our apartment to friends while we were abroad"
    • v lease hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services
    • n lease a contract granting use or occupation of property during a specified time for a specified payment
    • n lease property that is leased or rented out or let
    • n lease the period of time during which a contract conveying property to a person is in effect
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ninety percent of U.S. households have at lease one remote control for the television; 8 out of 10 report losing it.
    • Lease Any tenure by grant or permission; the time for which such a tenure holds good; allotted time. "Our high-placed Macbeth
      Shall live the lease of nature."
    • lease etc., to have a copy of the same entered in the records of the office designated by law, for the information of the public.
    • Lease The contract for such letting.
    • Lease The temporary transfer of a possession to another person in return for a fee or other valuable consideration paid for the transfer;
    • v. i Lease lēz To gather what harvesters have left behind; to glean.
    • Lease 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. "There were some [houses] that were leased out for three lives."
    • Lease To hold under a lease; to take lease of; as, a tenant leases his land from the owner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lease To gather; pick; pick up; pick out; select.
    • lease Specifically To glean, as corn.
    • lease To glean; gather up leavings, as at harvest.
    • lease To grant the temporary possession of, as lands, tenements, or hereditaments, to another for compensation at a fixed rate; let; demise.
    • lease To take a lease of, or to take, as lands, etc., by a lease: as, he leased the farm from the proprietor. Synonyms Let, Rent, etc. See hire.
    • n lease A contract transferring a right to the possession and enjoyment of real property for life or for a definite period of time or at will, usually made in consideration of a periodical compensation called rent, in modern times usually payable in money, but sometimes in a share of the produce, and in former times frequently in services. The grantor or landlord is called the lessor, the grantee the lessee. The act of the grantor is called a demise; the right of the grantee is called the term; his holding under it is called a tenancy. The right of the lessor to have possession again at the end of the term, or sooner in case of forfeiture, is called the reversion. If the grantor has only a term and grants the whole of it, the contract is not. technically a lease, but, even if in the form of a lease, is deemed only an assignment. If the grantor of a term retains any reversion, even for a single day, the contract is a lease. A contract not transferring a right of possession, but merely contemplating that such right shall be transferred in the future, is not a lease, but an agreement for a lease. A contract transferring such a right to commence in enjoyment at a future day—as, for instance, one executed in February to give possession in May—is a lease; but the right of the lessee for the intervening period before the term is an interesse termini. The word lease is sometimes loosely applied to a letting of personal property.
    • n lease The written instrument by which a leasehold estate is created. The word is also loosely applied to oral contracts of letting, which, however, are made void by the statute of frauds unless for a term not exceeding one year.
    • n lease The duration of tenure by lease; a term of leasing; hence, the terminable time or period of anything: as, to take property on a long lease; a short lease of life.
    • lease False; lying; deceptive.
    • n lease Falsehood; a lie.
    • n lease A pasture.
    • n lease A common.
    • n lease In weaving, the system of crossings in the warp-threads in a loom between the yarn-beam and the heddles, effected by passing each warp-thread alternately over and under the lease-rods.
    • n lease In Australian mining, a mining leasehold; a piece of ground leased for the purpose of mining.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lease lēs a contract letting a house, farm, &c. for a term of years: the duration or term of tenure: any tenure
    • v.t Lease to let for a term of years:—pr.p. leas′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. leased
    • n Lease a tenure held by lease
    • v.i Lease lēz (prov.) to glean
    • n Lease lēs in weaving, the plane in which the warp-threads cross: this system of crossing.
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  • Sisters Of Mercy
    Sisters Of Mercy
    “You can lease the peace of mind You bought a mask, I put it on. You never thought to ask me If I wear it when you're gone”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Why so large a cost, having so short a lease, does thou upon your fading mansion spend?”
  • Joseph Jefferson
    Joseph Jefferson
    “We are but tenants and shortly the great landlord will give us notice that our lease has expired.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “Those who have never had a father can at any rate never know the sweets of losing one. To most men the death of his father is a new lease of life.”


New lease of life - If someone finds new enthusiasm and energy for something, they have a new lease of life.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. laisser, OF. laissier, lessier, to leave, transmit, L. laxare, to loose, slacken, from laxus, loose, wide. See Lax, and cf. Lesser


In literature:

Legally speaking no foreigners can lease land or carry on any business there.
"China, Japan and the U.S.A." by John Dewey
Though if you don't take up my offer I shall probably lease the show to some professional.
"Joe Strong on the Trapeze" by Vance Barnum
The house that Mrs. Gerald leased in Chicago was a most imposing one on Drexel Boulevard.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
In less than three days he sold his horse and saddle and took a chance on a leased mine.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
The right of purchase leases are drawn for twenty-one years at a rental of eight per cent.
"The Hawaiian Islands" by The Department of Foreign Affairs
The lease don't expire 'till then, and Henry won't be home 'till then.
"Rope" by Holworthy Hall
By a clause in the lease the lessees of the houses in these terraces have to repaint the exteriors in August every fourth year.
"Hampstead and Marylebone" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
In 1900 the man paid $94.61 towards his land but has since been leasing.
"The Negro Farmer" by Carl Kelsey
A moment's thought, and he followed the lease-holders.
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
I've three more year of my lease of the farm, and after that, out I must go, I dare say.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

One air gave both their lease of breath;
The same paths lured our boyish feet;
One earth will hold us safe in death
With dust of saints and scholars sweet.
"To Holmes: On His Seventy-Fifth Birthday" by James Russell Lowell
``Has some plague a longer lease,
``Proffering its help uncouth?
``Can't one even die in peace?
``As one shuts one's eyes on youth,
``Is that face the last one sees?''
"A Serenade At The Villa" by Robert Browning
But pray can a lover be likely to please,
Who no lining has to his pocket,
Who'll melt down my guineas to purchase the lease,
And then take my fortune to stock it?
To stock it, &c.
"Nancy's Courtship" by William Hutton
A farm I will take, for the lease must be sold,
My dearest no longer shall mutter;
The purchase is only ten guineas in gold,
And you shall stand market with butter.
With butter, &c.
"Nancy's Courtship" by William Hutton
Then with a chill, like that which steals
Across the vale at set of sun,
A solemn thought the truth reveals,--
How transient is the prize thus won!
How short a time my lease can run!
"My Garden" by John Lawson Stoddard
Let me surrender with a rhyme
My long and lovely lease of time;
Let me be grateful for the gift
To couple words in lyric lift;
Let me song-build with humble hod,
My last brick dedicate to God.
"Rhyme Builder" by Robert W Service

In news:

Leasing Site To Use as Dormitory .
The new fifth-wheel builder is operating from a leased facility north of LaGrange, Indiana.
The reality was that most of the surrounding landowners had leased their mineral rights, and gas drilling was going to proceed with or without the Dennis farm.
Drive Down Costs By Trailer Leasing.
Brown Dense leasing spreads eastward .
Leasing spurred by the oil and gas potential of the emerging Jurassic Lower Smackover Brown Dense limestone has spread to East and West Carroll parishes, together with St Tammany the state's only parishes without hydrocarbon production.
Seacube Container Leasing Limited (BOX) announced its quarterly dividend of 29 cents per share, an increase of about 4% over its prior dividend in June of 28 cents.
Sometime last week, Federal Judge Ricardo Urbina ruled against 77 leases for exploration for gas and oil drilling, including 103,000 acres around the canyonlands of southeastern Utah.
Sutton, CAE, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association.
Sutton, CAE, President, Equipment Leasing and Finance Association.
But this was not one of the excavators used full time at Hanford, but one that had been leased from Powers Equipment by a Washington Closure subcontractor, he said.
THE amount of available space in Westchester's office market has hit historic lows so far this year, with leasing up more than 40 percent and very few large blocks of space remaining.
Early in the summer, fuel supplier Delta Western did not renew its lease to.
Deepwater driving growth, with FPS supply affected by financing, leasing and local content.
A Problem Solver reader recounts how her trouble began: She signed a lease, hired a staff and started a business offering massage therapy and spa services.

In science:

Since a knot is essentially a closed loop, while the braid construction from a knot has at lease one strand (in the unknot case), and each strand has two ends, basically what we should do is to cut the knot in a proper way so that it will turn into several strands which give us the correct braid representation.
Dynamical Systems on Three Manifolds Part I: Knots, Links and Chaos
A connected node cannot preserve its GTS lease.
Prototyping and Performance Analysis of a QoS MAC Layer for Industrial Wireless Network
In the access network, throughput is not as relevant, but cost and maintenance are important issues, since many of them have to be deployed and part of the equipment is either sold or leased to the client.
QKD in Standard Optical Telecommunications Networks
We say a phase is a chal lenge phase if in that phase Eve has to answer at lease one challenge.
On the Problem of Local Randomness in Privacy Amplification with an Active Adversary
Using differential privacy, it is possible to lease.
Reduce to the Max: A Simple Approach for Massive-Scale Privacy-Preserving Collaborative Network Measurements (Extended Version)