noun Archaic.

lying; falsehood.

Nearby words

  1. leasehold,
  2. leaseholder,
  3. leaseman,
  4. leash,
  5. leash law,
  6. least,
  7. least bittern,
  8. least common denominator,
  9. least common multiple,
  10. least flycatcher

Origin of leasing

before 950; Middle English lesing, Old English lēasung, verbal noun of lēasian to tell lies, derivative of lēas false. See -less, -ing1




a contract renting land, buildings, etc., to another; a contract or instrument conveying property to another for a specified period or for a period determinable at the will of either lessor or lessee in consideration of rent or other compensation.
the property leased.
the period of time for which a lease is made: a five-year lease.

verb (used with object), leased, leas·ing.

to grant the temporary possession or use of (lands, tenements, etc.) to another, usually for compensation at a fixed rate; let: She plans to lease her apartment to a friend.
to take or hold by lease: He leased the farm from the sheriff.

verb (used without object), leased, leas·ing.

to grant a lease; let or rent: to lease at a lower rental.

Origin of lease

1350–1400; Middle English les < Anglo-French (equivalent to Old French lais, French legs legacy), noun derivative of lesser to lease, literally, let go (equivalent to Old French laissier) < Latin laxāre to release, let go. See lax

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British Dictionary definitions for leasing




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, etca new lease of life

verb (tr)

to grant possession of (land, buildings, etc) by lease
to take a lease of (property); hold under a lease
Derived Formsleasable, adjectiveleaser, noun

Word Origin for lease

C15: via Anglo-French from Old French lais (n), from laissier to let go, from Latin laxāre to loosen




dialect open pasture or common

Word Origin for lease

Old English lǣs; perhaps related to Old Norse lāth property

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Word Origin and History for leasing
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Culture definitions for leasing


A contract that grants possession of property for a specified period of time in return for some kind of compensation.

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Idioms and Phrases with leasing


see new lease on life.

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