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
There were only four episodes in the original U.K. series, and the shape of this anti-hero story would seem to naturally lend itself to a rise and fall—and the rise to the presidency is through.
Where for one, silence brings a sense of calm; for another, classical music will lend comfort.
Jasper's Michael Rooker reprises his role as Yondu, leader of the ravagers, lending the character incredible depth and several of the film's best and funniest moments.
Smaller guest lists, which are trending according to The Knot study, also lend themselves to backyard ceremonies and mixed-use event spaces such as restaurants and retail shops.
Among them was Lending Club, even though its board had three Orchard investors, including Mr. Mack and Mr. Ciporin.
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The company has also lent customers its own engineers.
BNDES agreed to lend the company $80 million, and the Batistas allegedly paid 4 percent of the value, or $3.2 million, as a bribe to an associate of Mantega, Batista said.
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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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