- 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.
- 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
Related Wordssupply, give, extend, grant, provide, contribute, afford, add, allow, impart, advance, oblige, stake, confer, bestow, let, furnish, permit, entrust, trust
Examples from the Web for lend
In 2008, his monastery was in desperate need of funds and Vreeland decided to lend a hand with his first photography exhibition.From Fashion Player to Photographer Monk
December 3, 2014
After seeing the film, he also agreed to lend his synthesized voice to the latter portion.Eddie Redmayne’s Time Has Come: On His Heartrending Turn as Stephen Hawking and Benedict Bromance
November 3, 2014
Is it that collectivist cultures such as those in Asia lend themselves to this nature of group sexual crime?The Psychology of Sex Slave Rings
August 31, 2014
Lakeside in Texas, baked by the heat, Louganis described how Red Bull got him to lend his credibility to the competition.The World Series of Cliff Diving Takes Itself Very Seriously
June 29, 2014
But even the less vocal ones have found ways to lend their support.Why Game-Show Hosts Vote Republican
May 21, 2014
The first thing I am going to do is to catch some fish, if you'll lend me your boat.Brave and Bold
But he cannot lend you the money, nor can he get the amount you want until to-morrow afternoon.Life in London
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.
She can't go out in those; I shall have to lend her something.
In fact, the stick seemed to be alive in his hand, and to lend some of its life to Perseus.The Gorgon's Head
- (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
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.