leash

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noun \ˈlēsh\

Definition of leash

  1. 1a :  a line for leading or restraining an animalb :  something that restrains :  the state of being restrained keeping spending on a tight leash

  2. 2a :  a set of three animals (such as greyhounds, foxes, bucks, or hares)b :  a set of three

leash

transitive verb

Examples of leash in a Sentence

  1. put a dog on a leash

  2. Dogs must be kept on a leash while in the park.

  3. The dog saw a cat and was straining at its leash trying to get at it.

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Origin and Etymology of leash

Middle English lees, leshe, from Anglo-French *lesche, lesse, probably from lesser to leave, let go


First Known Use: 14th century

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LEASH Defined for English Language Learners

leash

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noun

Definition of leash for English Language Learners

  • : a long, thin piece of rope, chain, etc., that is used for holding a dog or other animal


LEASH Defined for Kids

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leash

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noun \ˈlēsh\

Definition of leash for Students

  1. :  a line for holding or controlling an animal


2

leash

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verb

Definition of leash for Students

leashed

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leashing

  1. :  to put on a line for holding or controlling All dogs must be leashed.



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