verb (used with object), lent, lend·ing.

to grant the use of (something) on condition that it or its equivalent will be returned.
to give (money) on condition that it is returned and that interest is paid for its temporary use.
to give or contribute obligingly or helpfully: to lend one's aid to a cause.
to adapt (oneself or itself) to something: The building should lend itself to inexpensive remodeling.
to furnish or impart: Distance lends enchantment to the view.

verb (used without object), lent, lend·ing.

to make a loan.


    lend a hand, to give help; aid: If everyone lends a hand, we can have dinner ready in half an hour.

Origin of lend

before 900; Middle English lenden, variant (orig. past tense) of lenen, Old English lǣnan (cognate with Dutch lenen, German lehnen, Old Norse lāna), derivative of lǣn loan; cognate with German Lehnen, Old Norse lān. See loan1
Related formslend·er, nounin·ter·lend, verb, in·ter·lent, in·ter·lend·ing.o·ver·lend, verb, o·ver·lent, o·ver·lend·ing.re·lend, verb (used with object), re·lent, re·lend·ing.
Can be confusedborrow lend loan
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Examples from the Web for lend

Contemporary Examples of lend

Historical Examples of lend

  • The first thing I am going to do is to catch some fish, if you'll lend me your boat.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • But he cannot lend you the money, nor can he get the amount you want until to-morrow afternoon.

    Life in London

    Edwin Hodder

  • If you don't like my price, I'll lend you the knife the next time, and you can let your wife attend to you.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • She can't go out in those; I shall have to lend her something.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • In fact, the stick seemed to be alive in his hand, and to lend some of its life to Perseus.

    The Gorgon's Head

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

British Dictionary definitions for lend


verb lends, lending or lent (lɛnt)

(tr) to permit the use of (something) with the expectation of return of the same or an equivalent
to provide (money) temporarily, often at interest
(intr) to provide loans, esp as a profession
(tr) to impart or contribute (something, esp some abstract quality)her presence lent beauty
(tr) to provide, esp in order to assist or supporthe lent his skill to the company
lend an ear to listen
lend itself to possess the right characteristics or qualities forthe novel lends itself to serialization
lend oneself to give support, cooperation, etc
Derived Formslender, noun

Word Origin for lend

C15 lende (originally the past tense), from Old English lǣnan, from lǣn loan 1; related to Icelandic lāna, Old High German lēhanōn
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Word Origin and History for lend

late 14c., from Old English lænan "to lend," from læn "loan" (see loan). Cognate with Dutch lenen, Old High German lehanon, German lehnen, also verbs derived from nouns. Past tense form, with terminal -d, became the principal form in Middle English on analogy of bend, send, etc.

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