lend

verb \ ˈlend \
Updated on: 13 Oct 2017

Definition of lend

lent play \ˈlent\; lending
transitive verb
1 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
  • The bank lent him the money for home improvements.
2 a :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
intransitive verb
:to make a loan

lendable

play \ˈlen-də-bəl\ adjective

lender

noun

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

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of lend

Middle English lenen, lenden, from Old English lǣnan, from lǣn loan — more at loan

lend Synonyms

Synonyms
advance, loan
Antonyms
borrow
Related Words
furnish, give, grant; lease, let [chiefly British], rent
Near Antonyms
receive, take

Financial Definition of LEND

lender

What It Is

A lender is a creditor or any entity to which you owe money for services provided.

How It Works

If you borrow money from XYZ Bank, XYZ Bank becomes your lender. Lenders are creditors, but not all creditors are lenders. For example, utility companies, health clubs, phone companies and credit card issuers can all be creditors if you have contracts with them or if they have performed services for which you have not yet paid.

Some lenders are more senior than others. For example, if Company XYZ issues bonds, the bondholders are essentially lenders who are senior to Company XYZ's shareholders. This means that should Company XYZ go bankrupt, the bondholders are entitled to repayment before the shareholders are.

In many cases, companies have several different types of debt, and some of these lenders may be subordinate to others. Some lenders may even be unsecured, meaning that the company has not pledged any collateral.

Why It Matters

Lenders may sue to obtain access to accounts or other assets if the borrower has not paid. Lenders may also place liens on the borrower's assets, meaning that the borrower cannot sell the assets without paying the lender first.  In addition, lenders could report the problem to a credit bureau, which may place the item on the borrower's credit report.



LEND Defined for English Language Learners

lend

verb

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

lend

verb \ ˈlend \

Definition of lend for Students

lent \ˈlent\; lending
1 :2loan
2 :to give usually for a time
  • Volunteers lent help to flood victims.
3 :to add something that improves or makes more attractive
  • Tomato lends color to a salad.

lender

noun

Law Dictionary

lend

verb

legal Definition of lend

lent; lending
transitive verb
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
intransitive verb
:to make a loan

lendable

adjective

lender

noun


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