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Definition of lien:

  1. A charge, lien, etc., that successively attaches to such assets as a person may have from time to time, leaving him more or less free to dispose of or encumber them as if no such charge or existed.
  2. A legal claim; a charge upon real or personal property for the satisfaction of some debt or duty; a right in one to control or hold and retain the property of another until some claim of the former is paid or satisfied.
  3. of Lie, v. i.
  4. of Lie. See Lain.

Synonyms:

spleen, irascibility, hold on property, charge, claim, real security, quick temper, short temper, security on property.

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