Lease (?), v. i. [AS. lesan to gather; akin to D. lezen to gather, read, G. lesen, Goth. lisan to gather; cf. Lith lesti to peck.]

To gather what harvesters have left behind; to glean.




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Lease (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Leased (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Leasing.] [F.laisser, OF. laissier, lessier, to leave, transmit, L. laxare to loose, slacken, from laxus loose, wide. See Lax, and cf. Lesser.]


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. Addison.


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


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Lease (?), n. [Cf. OF. lais. See Lease, v. t.]


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.


The contract for such letting



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. Shak.

Lease and release a mode of conveyance of freehold estates, formerly common in England and in New York. its place is now supplied by a simple deed of grant.

Burrill. Warren's Blackstone.


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