loan

noun
\ˈlōn \

Definition of loan 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : money lent at interest took out a loan to pay for the new car

b : something lent usually for the borrower's temporary use

2a : the grant of temporary use Can I have the loan of your car?

b : the temporary duty of a person transferred to another job for a limited time He had been on loan to the navy during the war.

3 : loanword The word "nosh" is a loan from Yiddish.

loan

verb
loaned; loaning; loans

Definition of loan (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from loan

Verb

loanable \ˈlō-​nə-​bəl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for loan

Synonyms: Verb

advance, lend

Antonyms: Verb

borrow

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Loan vs. Lend: Usage Guide

Verb

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 loan in a Sentence

Noun

He got a car loan. He'll need several more years to pay off the rest of the loan. She needed money, so she asked her friend for a loan.

Verb

The National Gallery has been kind enough to loan this painting to our museum. His mother loaned him the money to buy a new car. Can you loan me $20?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Fred Trump also gave his son at least $60.7 million in loans, many of which were interest-free and not tethered to a repayment schedule. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Donald Trump’s family avoided taxes, but did they evade them? We asked an expert why the difference matters.," 3 Oct. 2018 The verdict was a victory for the special counsel, Robert Mueller, whose prosecutors built a case that Manafort hid millions of dollars in foreign accounts to evade taxes, and lied to banks repeatedly to obtain $20 million in loans. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Trump’s personal lawyer pleaded guilty and his campaign chief was convicted," 22 Aug. 2018 There’s an oh-so-English affect to the staffers guiding visitors from the station to the entrance, kitted out in scarlet red capes and pillbox hats like flunkies on loan from Buckingham Palace. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Chinese Tourists Are Changing the Travel Landscape," 2 Nov. 2018 Codex Leicester, on loan from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. John Hooper, WSJ, "Exhibits Mark 500 Years of Leonardo da Vinci, the Original Renaissance Man," 31 Oct. 2018 Diana was allowed to keep her jewelry as part of the settlement, but as the tiara was on loan from the Queen, it was given back—and reportedly put into a safe at Buckingham Palace. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton's Stunning Lover's Knot Tiara Has a Fascinating Royal History," 23 Oct. 2018 Like Markle, Princess Eugenie styled her wedding dress with a blingy heirloom on loan from the queen: the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara, which was crafted in 1919. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding: a fashion FAQ," 12 Oct. 2018 In turn, Meghan wore Queen Mary's Diamond Bandeau tiara, also on loan from the Queen. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie's Wedding Tiara Was Surprisingly Similar to Meghan Markle's," 12 Oct. 2018 When free cash flow is negative, a company needs a source of outside capital—either taking out loans or selling shares—to finance continued spending. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Why almost everyone was wrong about Tesla’s cash flow situation," 26 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Queen ultimately loaned Meghan a diamond bandeau tiara, that was made in England in 1932. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Helped Meghan Markle Choose Her Wedding Tiara with the Queen," 26 Oct. 2018 In 1981, the Queen reportedly loaned the Lover's Knot Tiara to Princess Diana as a wedding gift. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton's Stunning Lover's Knot Tiara Has a Fascinating Royal History," 23 Oct. 2018 In 2005, Deutsche Bank and others loaned the future president $640 million to build the Trump International Hotel and Tower, which is now the second-tallest building in Chicago. Salvador Rizzo, chicagotribune.com, "There is an unfounded conspiracy theory about the Supreme Court and Trump Tower Chicago," 14 July 2018 In 2005, Deutsche Bank and others loaned the future president $640 million to build the Trump International Hotel and Tower, which is now the second-tallest building in Chicago. Salvador Rizzo, Washington Post, "The thinly-sourced theories about Trump’s loans and Justice Kennedy’s son," 12 July 2018 Shor loaned Pastor $500,000 to buy a home in North Avondale and also an additional $50,000, according to Hamilton County Recorder's Office records. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "At last, some answers about Cincinnati Councilman Jeff Pastor's campaign finances," 8 July 2018 Bruce and Judith Wake, paleontology enthusiasts and volunteers in the Dinolab at Science City, loaned several fossils from their own collection. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "New Union Station exhibit has life-sized moving dinosaurs and bones you can touch," 29 June 2018 The Latin American Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank together loaned Venezuela more than half a billion dollars in the past 10 years for water projects. Patricia Laya, Bloomberg.com, "The Army Took Over the Spigots, Forcing Thirsty Venezuelans to Pay," 25 June 2018 Although her future mother-in-law Queen Elizabeth II loaned Diana the Queen Mary Lover’s Knot Tiara for the wedding, the princess-to-be passed on the royal jewels and went with her family’s topper for the big day. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Royal Rewear! Princess Diana's Wedding Tiara Worn by Niece at Her Own Nuptials," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of loan

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for loan

Noun

Middle English lon, from Old Norse lān; akin to Old English lǣn loan, lēon to lend, Latin linquere to leave, Greek leipein

Verb

see loan entry 1

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loan

noun

Financial Definition of loan

What It Is

In the business world, a loan is an amount borrowed.

How It Works

Let's assume Company XYZ has invented a new product that will revolutionize the widget market. The company is sure there will be demand from billions of people around the world, and therefore it needs to build a new factory. If Company XYZ's funds for constructing the factory were limited to its cash on hand, say $200,000, it certainly could not build the kind of factory it needs to capitalize on this tremendous opportunity and would thus be very limited in its output and profits (and would leave the market wide open for competitors to fill the void). With a loan, however, Company XYZ could build the factory and take advantage of the profit potential of its product. The debt essentially magnifies the profits.

In the business world, bank loans and corporate or government bonds are the most common. For individuals, loans can be personal loans, mortgages or lines of credit.

Why It Matters

A loan is a liability, meaning the lender has a claim on a company’s assets. Loan payments due within one year are generally classified as short-term debt on a company’s balance sheet. Loan payments due in more than one year are considered long-term debt. It is important to note that loans commonly come to mind when one considers liabilities, but not all liabilities are loans. Companies may incur other types of liabilities, including (but not limited to) upcoming payroll, bonuses, legal settlements, payments to vendors, certain derivatives, contracts, certain types of leases, and required stock redemptions. Common balance sheet categories for liabilities include accounts payable, accrued expenses, and debt.

Information about a company’s debt is a key component of accurate financial reporting and a crucial part of thorough financial analysis. Excessive debt can ruin a company but is not always detrimental. The use of debt financing can magnify profits that would have otherwise gone unrealized.

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term loan

noun

Financial Definition of term loan

What It Is

A term loan has a set maturity date and usually has a fixed interest rate.

How It Works

Let's say Company XYZ wants to borrow $1 million to build a factory. It meets with its bank, ABC Bank, to negotiate the loan. The company and the bank agree to a 10-year loan with quarterly payments and a 7% interest rate.

Term loans often mature within 10 years, but this is negotiable. They usually require collateral. Not all banks make term loans, and an existing relationship with a bank is usually helpful.

Why It Matters

Term loans are very common, and they provide a level of certainty to the borrower and the lender. The borrower usually has access to the full amount of principal upfront, knows when to make payments, and knows how much to pay. The lender knows that the principal will be repaid over time on a regular basis.

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loan

noun

English Language Learners Definition of loan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an amount of money that is given to someone for a period of time with a promise that it will be paid back : an amount of money that is borrowed

: permission to use something for a period of time

loan

verb

English Language Learners Definition of loan (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give (something) to (someone) for a period of time

: to give (money) to (someone) who agrees to pay it back in the future

loan

noun
\ˈlōn \

Kids Definition of loan

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : money given with the understanding that it will be paid back

2 : something given for a time to a borrower That's not mine, it's a loan.

3 : permission to use something for a time May I have the loan of your car?

loan

verb
loaned; loaning

Kids Definition of loan (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give to another for temporary use with the understanding that the same or a like thing will be returned loan a book loan money

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loan

noun

Legal Definition of loan 

1a : money lent at interest

b : something lent usually for the borrower's temporary use

2 : a transfer or delivery of money from one party to another with the express or implied agreement that the sum will be repaid regardless of contingency and usually with interest broadly : the furnishing of something to another party for temporary use with the agreement that it or its equivalent will be returned the leasing of the car was termed a loan

bridge loan

: a short-term loan used as a means of financing a purchase or enterprise prior to obtaining other funds used a bridge loan to purchase a new home prior to the sale of the old one

conventional loan

: a loan for the purchase of real property that is secured by a first mortgage on the property rather than by any federal agency

demand loan

: a loan that is subject to repayment upon demand of the lender

home equity loan

: a loan or line of credit secured by the equity in one's home

called also equity loan, home equity line, home equity line of credit

— see also qualified residence interest at interest sense 5

loan for consumption \-​kən-​ˈsümp-​shən \

: a loan in which the borrower is obligated to return property of the same kind as that borrowed and consumed used chiefly in the civil law of Louisiana ; — compare bailment, deposit, loan for use in this entry

loan for use

: a loan in which one party lends personal property to another with the understanding that the borrower will return the same property at a future time without compensation for its use : commodatum used chiefly in the civil law of Louisiana ; — compare bailment, deposit, loan for consumption in this entry

participation loan

: a single loan in which two or more lenders participate

term loan

: a loan extended to a business with provisions for repayment according to a schedule of amortization and usually for a period of one to five years and sometimes fifteen years

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