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
No, the great man’s participation is limited to lending his name and likeness to the index the fund will be based on.
When the debt reached the point that every man, woman, and child in Greece owed the equivalent of $30,000 US, the banks quit lending the government money.
Lending against commodities sitting in a warehouse somewhere is a bread-and-butter business for banks involved in trade finance, a $4 trillion industry spanning everything from commodities, logistics and shipping.
But this interview represents yet another example of Stewart lending his time and voice to veterans' issues.
Alabama began working with Catapult in the spring of 2014 -- only months after Jimbo Fisher, a Nick Saban acolyte, lent credibility to its product by using the system and then leading Florida State to a national championship.
And of course, young Parker is eager for something noble to do with his powers and the flashy suit lent to him by Tony Stark.
That’s hard to know because unlike those two, Lending Tree does not divulge its model’s median error rate.
There’s also a physical closeness that stylists have with the women who sit in their chair that’s different from, for example, a bartender lending her ear.
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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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