lease·​hold | \ ˈlēs-ˌhōld How to pronounce leasehold (audio) \

Definition of leasehold

1 : a tenure by lease
2 : property held by lease

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Other Words from leasehold

leaseholder noun

Examples of leasehold in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The symphony must also complete a number of park improvements outside of its leasehold, including replacing the existing basketball courts and updating the public restrooms. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Symphony will start building its permanent bayside venue next month," 14 Aug. 2019 The contract also expands the museum’s leasehold to include the plaza area in front of the building. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Timken Museum lease agreement sets precedent for Balboa Park institutions," 4 June 2019 Anchors securing Site 1 are outside of the leasehold, another lease violation, DNR found. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Washington state cancels lease for Atlantic salmon farm off Cypress Island," 4 Feb. 2018 While the acquisition is small compared with the company’s typical investments, the properties—three retail condominiums and a long-term leasehold in a cooperative—gives the company enough of a presence to stimulate the area, Mr. Goldban said. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Brookfield Plans Retail Reboot on Bleecker Street," 22 Apr. 2018 In November, ConocoPhillips announced its intent to sell up to $8 billion of mostly North American natural gas assets, which would include all of the 1.3 million acres of leasehold in the San Juan Basin. The Durango Herald, The Denver Post, "ConocoPhillips sells San Juan Basin assets for up to $3 billion," 20 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of leasehold

1710, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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31 Oct 2019

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“Leasehold.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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Financial Definition of leasehold

What It Is

A leasehold is an accounting category that contains leased assets.

How It Works

For example, let's say that Company XYZ leases a widget-making machine from Company ABC. It pays $2,000 a month to lease the asset. It also pays $1,000 a month to lease two delivery vehicles, $3,500 a month for office space, and $400 a month for a couple of billboards around town. These are Company XYZ's leaseholds.

Leaseholds can also be for cars, manufacturing equipment, office space, photocopiers, musical instruments, solar panels, or virtually any other asset. Generally, leases are handy when one party has the capital to purchase the asset and another party does not have the capital to do so but would like access to the asset.

Why It Matters

Leaseholds designate which assets aren't really the lessee's property. Accordingly, these are assets that companies must account for them in particular ways.

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lease·​hold | \ ˈlēs-ˌhōld How to pronounce leasehold (audio) \

Legal Definition of leasehold

: a tenure of real property held by a lessee under a lease : a lessee's estate in the property also : the property so held — compare fee, freehold

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