les·​see | \ le-ˈsē How to pronounce lessee (audio) \

Definition of lessee

: one that holds real or personal property under a lease

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Synonyms & Antonyms for lessee


boarder, lodger, renter, roomer, tenant


landlord, lessor, letter

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Examples of lessee in a Sentence

the lessee has the right to expect the lessor to make all necessary repairs in a timely manner

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Texas required lessees to house, clothe, feed, and manage inmates. Siddhartha Mahanta, The New York Review of Books, "One Man’s Quest for a Memorial to Sugar Land’s Bitter History," 4 June 2019 The lessee, meanwhile, has a perpetual car payment and no equity. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Car Decisions: Should You Buy or Lease ... or Subscribe?," 30 Jan. 2019 OnePlus is a lessee of Oppo's manufacturing line, and usually OnePlus devices are based on an existing Oppo design. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "OnePlus ignores its own user polling, removes headphone jack on OnePlus 6T," 14 Sep. 2018 And if the lessee wishes to consummate the Highland Romance by buying an estate of his or her own? Cathy Newman, WSJ, "A Chic Scottish Sojourn Among the Manors," 7 Dec. 2018 The lessee will pay $275 per month for four years, with the same down payment. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "Car Decisions: Should You Buy or Lease ... or Subscribe?," 30 Jan. 2019 Before Thursday’s ruling, analysts feared many lessees, who earn money in local currency, wouldn’t be able to meet ballooning rental costs. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Turkey Takes Action on Strained Economy With Big Rate Rise," 13 Sep. 2018 All owners and lessees would receive an additional cash payout as well. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Time is running out for dieselgate Volkswagen owners to get their money," 1 Aug. 2018 And so the convict-leasing system saw extremely high levels of mortality and sickness under convict lessees. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "A Mass Grave of Former Slaves Was Unearthed in Texas," 20 July 2018

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First Known Use of lessee

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lessee

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from lessé, past participle of lesser to lease — more at lease

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English Language Learners Definition of lessee

law : a person who has an agreement that allows the use of a car, house, etc., for a period of time in exchange for a payment : a person who has a lease on something


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Legal Definition of lessee

: a person who has possession of real or personal property under a lease specifically : a tenant of real property under a lease

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to take the place or position of

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