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past tense and past participle of lend


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: the 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Easter observed by the Roman Catholic, Eastern, and some Protestant churches as a period of penitence and fasting

Examples of lent in a Sentence

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While many Catholics abstain from eating meat on certain days during Lent (which started on Feb. 14 and concludes on Easter, Mar. 31), these fast food spots are offering a seafood alternative. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024 The tradition is recognized by Christians from many denominations, and marks the beginning of the holy season of Lent, a time for reflection and repentance in preparation for the celebration of Easter. Lauren Costantino, Miami Herald, 15 Feb. 2024 During Lent, the liturgical season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday, many Christians opt to fast in some way or another. Christine Rousselle, Fox News, 15 Feb. 2024 Lauren recommends giving up fancy, creamy coffee drinks for Lent. Wired Staff, WIRED, 15 Feb. 2024 Also known as Carnival or Carnaval, it’s celebrated in many countries around the world, mainly those with large Roman Catholic populations, on the day before the religious season of Lent begins. Jane Tyska, The Mercury News, 14 Feb. 2024 Long John Silver’s For Lent, Long John Silver’s is offering specials on its fan-favorite shrimp. Tanasia Kenney, Kansas City Star, 14 Feb. 2024 Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, a season marked by sacrifice and solemnity. Ruth Graham, New York Times, 14 Feb. 2024 During the last week of Lent, Pesaha (or Passover) occurs on Holy Thursday, and families have Pesaha appam, an unleavened bread that's made of rice and coconut, in memory of the Last Supper. Priya Krishna, Southern Living, 31 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History



Middle English lente springtime, Lent, from Old English lencten; akin to Old High German lenzin spring

First Known Use


13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lent was in the 13th century

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“Lent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lent. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a period of fasting and regret for one's sins that is observed on the 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Easter by many churches

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