\ ˈlēsh How to pronounce leash (audio) \

Definition of leash

1a : a line for leading or restraining an animal
b : something that restrains : the state of being restrained keeping spending on a tight leash
2a : a set of three animals (such as greyhounds, foxes, bucks, or hares)
b : a set of three

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Other Words from leash

leash transitive verb

Examples of leash in a Sentence

put a dog on a leash Dogs must be kept on a leash while in the park. The dog saw a cat and was straining at its leash trying to get at it.
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Recent Examples on the Web Vehicles can travel at no more than 5 mph in the lots, and all animals must be kept on a leash. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, 12 May 2021 Walk him outside on a leash, and consider offering him an outdoor cat enclosure. Lee Pickett, Arkansas Online, 17 May 2021 Eventually, the denizens of People’s Park Annex drew up a petition, Nigman says, hoping to receive explicit permission from the city to break the leash laws and let their dogs play freely within the Annex. Alissa Greenberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Jan. 2020 Compared to previous versions of the game, Wizards has kept releases for the game on a tight leash. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 19 May 2021 The top of the life jacket features an easy-grab rescue handle as well as a D-ring hook for connecting a leash when walking to and from the pool. Southern Living, 18 May 2021 The most stressful thing was a pint-sized pooch yapping at the end of a leash. BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2021 Homeowners have a leash-free park, a catch-and-release pond, community pool and entertainment and food trucks on the weekend. Alison Medley, Chron, 13 May 2021 Inside Petrified Forest, pets are allowed on all park trails and roads and in official wilderness areas, but they must always be kept on a six-foot leash and cannot enter buildings. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 7 May 2021

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First Known Use of leash

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for leash

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

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The first known use of leash was in the 14th century

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16 Jun 2021

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“Leash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leash. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of leash

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


\ ˈlēsh How to pronounce leash (audio) \

Kids Definition of leash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a line for holding or controlling an animal


leashed; leashing

Kids Definition of leash (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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