lend

verb
\ˈlend \
lent\ ˈlent \; lending

Definition of lend 

transitive verb

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 services

b : 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 criticismsThe 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

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Other Words from lend

lendable \ ˈlen-​də-​bəl \ adjective
lender noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for lend

Synonyms

advance, loan

Antonyms

borrow

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Loan vs. Lend: Usage Guide

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.
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At a Halloween party, however, calligraphy lends a mysterious, eery atmosphere to your place settings. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "20 Halloween Party Ideas So Sophisticated They’ll Scare You," 18 Oct. 2018 This lends support to an analyst report that the iPad Pro would use USB-C, not Lightning, as its primary port. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "iOS 12.1 beta suggests a new iPad is coming this fall," 19 Sep. 2018 Halloween season on the 'gram lends endless inspiration to... Glamour, "The 91 Most Jaw-Dropping Halloween Makeup Ideas on Instagram," 19 Sep. 2018 This sort of sudden exercise lends itself to injury and overheating. Shelby Deering, Country Living, "Ask a Country Vet: How Can I Keep My Sporting Dog Healthy and Happy?," 11 Sep. 2018 Anarchism as a philosophy lends itself to many ideas. Kim Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Anarchy: What It Is and Why Pop Culture Loves It," 7 Sep. 2018 The soil-free air plant lends itself well to hanging, but also consider species with trailing tendrils, like English ivy. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Answer These Questions and We’ll Tell You Your Houseplant Soulmate," 21 Aug. 2018 Returning a third time as director, Genndy Tartakovsky lends his usual graphic savvy, providing a not-quite-saving grace. Michael Mccullers, New York Times, "Review: Raising the Stakes With ‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’," 12 July 2018 Meanwhile, the Trump administration lends a hand to ZTE. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Senate rebuke of Trump tariffs won't actually change anything," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of lend

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for lend

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

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More Definitions for lend

lender

noun

Financial Definition of 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.

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lend

verb

English Language Learners Definition of lend

: 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

verb
\ˈlend \
lent\ ˈlent \; lending

Kids Definition of lend

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.

Other Words from lend

lender noun

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lend

verb
lent; lending

Legal Definition of lend 

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

Other Words from lend

lendable adjective
lender noun

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