Definition of lend
1a (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 servicesb : to let out (money) for temporary use on condition of repayment with interest The bank lent him the money for home improvements.
2a : to give the assistance or support of : afford, furnish a dispassionate and scholarly manner which lends great force to his criticisms — The Times Literary Supplement (London)b : to adapt or apply (oneself) readily : accommodate a topic that lends itself admirably to class discussion
: to make a loan
lendableplay \ˈlen-də-bəl\ adjective
loan vs. lend
The verb loan is one of the words English settlers brought to America and continued to use after it had died out in Britain. Its use was soon noticed by British visitors and somewhat later by the New England literati, who considered it a bit provincial. It was flatly declared wrong in 1870 by a popular commentator, who based his objection on etymology. A later scholar showed that the commentator was ignorant of Old English and thus unsound in his objection, but by then it was too late, as the condemnation had been picked up by many other commentators. Although a surprising number of critics still voice objections, loan is entirely standard as a verb. You should note that it is used only literally; lend is the verb used for figurative expressions, such as “lending a hand” or “lending enchantment.”
Examples of lend in a Sentence
I lent our ladder to the neighbors.
The bank wouldn't lend us the money.
Many banks won't lend to people with bad credit.
They are glad to lend their support to worthy causes.
Recent Examples of lend from the Web
That effort received a boost Sunday when the organization announced that the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation would lend financial support the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Intensive program.
The deaths of actress and writer Carrie Fisher and her Hollywood legend mother, Debbie Reynolds, on successive days this week lend a special poignancy to an upcoming HBO film about their relationship.
Winfrey, who conducted the unofficial exit interview, earlier lent her star power to the White House as a featured speaker at an Obama administration women’s conference.
In his twilight years Fidel Castro largely refrained from offering his opinions publicly on domestic issues, lending tacit backing to his brother’s free-market reforms.
Abnormally low interest rates are also inducing banks and other lenders to reach for yield by lending to lower-quality borrowers and granting loans with fewer restrictions.
Chef Mike Solomonov is a master of taking straightforward Israeli dishes and lending them elegance: Each one looks (and tastes) like its most perfect archetype.
This scene lent itself to digital mappings and some CG projection to show how time had passed and how nature had reclaimed the city, Scalise said.
Essentially, Goldman is continually lending Greece money, and getting no interest payments in return, until maturity a long way out.
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Origin and Etymology of lend
Middle English lenen, lenden, from Old English lǣnan, from lǣn loan — more at loan
First Known Use: before 12th century
LEND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lend for English Language Learners
: 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)
LEND Defined for Kids
Legal Definition of lend
1 : to give for temporary use on condition that the same or its equivalent be returned
2 : to let out (money) for temporary use on condition of repayment with interest
: to make a loan
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