lease

To lease something is to borrow it in exchange for money. If you lease a car from a dealer, for example, you make payments and you get to drive the car, but at the end of the contract you have to give it back.

As a noun, a lease is both the thing you are contracting to rent (the car itself is a lease) and the contract spelling out the terms of use — in other words, a rental agreement. Be sure to check the fine print on your apartment lease to avoid any unpleasant surprises when you move out — like owing money for painting over that hideous wallpaper in the living room.

Definitions of lease
  1. noun
    a contract granting use or occupation of property during a specified time for a specified payment
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    type of:
    contract
    a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law
  2. noun
    the period of time during which a contract conveying property to a person is in effect
    synonyms: term of a contract
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    type of:
    period, period of time, time period
    an amount of time
  3. noun
    property that is leased or rented out or let
    synonyms: letting, rental
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    types:
    car rental, hire car, rent-a-car, self-drive, u-drive, you-drive
    a rented car
    sublease, sublet
    a lease from one lessee to another
    type of:
    belongings, holding, property
    something owned; any tangible or intangible possession that is owned by someone
  4. verb
    let for money
    synonyms: rent
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    type of:
    contract, undertake
    enter into a contractual arrangement
  5. verb
    grant use or occupation of under a term of contract
    “I am leasing my country estate to some foreigners”
    synonyms: let, rent
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    types:
    sublease, sublet
    lease or rent all or part of (a leased or rented property) to another person
    type of:
    give
    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
  6. verb
    engage for service under a term of contract
    synonyms: charter, engage, hire, rent, take
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    type of:
    acquire, get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  7. verb
    hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services
    synonyms: charter, hire, rent
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    type of:
    contract, undertake
    enter into a contractual arrangement
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