verb \ˈlend\

: to give (something) to (someone) to be used for a period of time and then returned

: to give (money) to someone who agrees to pay it back in the future

: to make (something) available to (someone or something)

lent \ˈlent\ lend·ing

Full Definition of LEND

transitive verb
a (1) :  to give for temporary use on condition that the same or its equivalent be returned <lend me your pen> (2) :  to put at another's temporary disposal <lent us their services>
b :  to let out (money) for temporary use on condition of repayment with interest
a :  to give the assistance or support of :  afford, furnish <a dispassionate and scholarly manner which lends great force to his criticisms — Times Literary Supplement>
b :  to adapt or apply (oneself) readily :  accommodate <a topic that lends itself admirably to class discussion>
intransitive verb
:  to make a loan
See Usage Discussion at loan
lend·able \ˈlen-də-bəl\ adjective
lend·er noun

Examples of LEND

  1. I lent our ladder to the neighbors.
  2. The bank wouldn't lend us the money.
  3. Many banks won't lend to people with bad credit.
  4. They are glad to lend their support to worthy causes.

Origin of LEND

Middle English lenen, lenden, from Old English ̄nan, from ̄n loan — more at loan
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to LEND

advance, loan
LENDER Defined for Kids


verb \ˈlend\
lent \ˈlent\lend·ing

Definition of LEND for Kids

:  2loan
:  to give usually for a time <Volunteers lent help to flood victims.>
:  to add something that improves or makes more attractive <Tomato lends color to a salad.>
lend·er noun


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