lend

verb
\ ˈlend How to pronounce lend (audio) \
lent\ ˈlent How to pronounce lend (audio) \; 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 How to pronounce lend (audio) \ adjective
lender noun

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Some of these programs lend coins to borrowers and collect interest for the yield farmers. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, 17 July 2021 Although some Volvos can exhibit a sharp, flinty ride, our test car's air springs helped lend it a comfortable comportment that never felt uncouth. Annie White, Car and Driver, 16 July 2021 In all, a kind of currency exchange exists between literary fiction and prestige TV: Novels lend their cultural capital to the likes of Netflix and HBO Max in exchange for financial capital in the form of readers. Alexander Manshel, The Atlantic, 16 July 2021 Owens adviser Zack Roday said Owens did not lend his campaign any money, a move sometimes made by candidates to inflate their fundraising totals. Scott Bauer, Star Tribune, 12 July 2021 Mike Todryk is working on hiring a master brewer now, and eventually, Jenn Todryk will lend a hand with the design. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, 12 July 2021 These natural materials lend a richer, more sensuous feel to Brazilian design compared to its Western counterparts, where designers often experimented with artificial ones. Stefanie Waldek, House Beautiful, 6 July 2021 Maybe next time his fiancée, Gwen Stefani will come along and both of them will lend their talents to sing backup vocals. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, 1 July 2021 Spinach, especially raw spinach, can lend some people a, well, gassy air. Gregory Mcnamee, CNN, 1 July 2021

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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, (15th century) lenden "to give, bestow, give for temporary use," going back to Old English lǣnan, derivative of lǣn "something lent, grant, gift" — more at loan entry 1

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“Lend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lend. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce lend (audio) \
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

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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