Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “lease”

See all translations

lease

verb [T] uk   /liːs/ us  
to make a legal agreement by which money is paid in order to use land, a building, a vehicle, or a piece of equipment for an agreed period of time: The building's 60 units are currently leased to students of the university. [+ two objects] It was agreed they would lease the apartment to him/lease him the apartment.

lease

noun [C] uk   /liːs/ us  
a legal agreement in which you pay money in order to use a building, piece of land, vehicle, etc. for a period: He has the house on a long lease. The lease runs out/expires in two years' time. We signed a three-year lease when we moved into the house.
Translations of “lease”
in Korean 공유지…
in Arabic عَقد الإيجار…
in French bail…
in Turkish kira sözleşmesi/kontratı…
in Italian contratto d’affitto, locazione…
in Chinese (Traditional) 租借,租用…
in Russian контракт об аренде…
in Polish wynajem, umowa najmu, dzierżawa…
in Spanish contrato de arrendamiento…
in Portuguese arrendamento…
in German der Mietvertrag…
in Catalan contracte d’arrendament…
in Japanese 賃貸契約…
in Chinese (Simplified) 租借,租用…
(Definition of lease from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of lease?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “lease” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

pup

a baby of particular animals, or a puppy

Word of the Day

I won’t tolerate it! Replacing formal words with phrasal verbs.

by Liz Walter,
April 01, 2015
When you are using a language, it is important to understand if a word is formal or informal, so that you can use it in an appropriate way. You might hear people saying dosh for money, or spud for potato, but they wouldn’t write those words in a formal essay. Similarly, a

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More