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Meaning of “lien” in the English Dictionary

"lien" in British English

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liennoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈliː.ən/ specialized
an ​officialorder that ​allows someone to ​keep the ​property of a ​person who ​owes them ​money until it has been ​paid
(Definition of lien from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lien" in Business English

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liennoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈliːən/ LAW
an ​officialorder that ​allows someone to ​keep the ​property of a ​person who ​owes them ​money until the ​money has been ​paid back: This could occur where someone has a lien over the ​goods, i.e. a ​right to ​retainpossession of them until a ​debt is ​paid. Statelawallows the city to put a lien on the ​property to grab its ​money when it's ​sold.a lien against sth Officials want to ​place a lien against half of the ​home to ensure ​payment. The ​bank intends to hold a lien on the entire ​balance for the $400 ​due. claim/​exercise/have a lien
(Definition of lien from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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