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lend

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/ lɛnd /
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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.
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Idioms about lend

    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 (originally 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

OTHER WORDS FROM lend

lender, 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.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH lend

borrow, lend , loan
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British Dictionary definitions for lend

lend
/ (lɛnd) /

verb lends, lending or lent (lɛnt)

Derived forms of lend

lender, 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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