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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Anglo-French
Origin: lesser, from Old French laissier 'to let go', from Latin laxare; LAXATIVE

lease

2 verb
     
lease2 [transitive]
1 to use a building, car etc under a lease:
I'm interested in leasing your cottage.
lease something from somebody
They lease the site from the council.
2 also lease out to let someone use a building, car etc under a lease
lease something to somebody
The building was leased to a health club.
see usage note rent1
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

rent, hire, lease
Rent is used to talk about paying to live in or use a building that is owned by someone else We rented an apartment together.In American English, you also rent a car or electrical equipment The TV is rented.In British English, you can use rent or hire, but it is more usual to say that you hire a car You can hire a car at the airport.Lease is used to talk about renting buildings, cars, or equipment over a long period of time, especially for business use If you upgrade computers regularly, it may work out cheaper to lease them.See also rent

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