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 often 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.
Idioms about lend
- lender, noun
- in·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.
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How to use lend in a sentence
Twinco Capital also has a debt facility with the Spanish investment bank EBN Banco de Negocios, which is common for any type of lending company.Twinco Capital scores €3M for its supply chain finance solution | Steve O'Hear | February 5, 2021 | TechCrunch
Initially, she finds excuses – a visit to check in on her “neighbor” at the hospital, an offer to lend a hand with the various burdens of care – but when these begin to wear thin, her efforts escalate.Lesbian love story becomes thriller in ‘Two of Us’ | John Paul King | February 4, 2021 | Washington Blade
Unlike mortgage originators, which lend money to the borrower, a mortgage servicer interfaces with the borrower for the duration of their loan – and that can be anywhere from 15 to 30 years.Valon closes on $50M a16z-led Series A to grow mobile-first mortgage servicing platform | Mary Ann Azevedo | February 2, 2021 | TechCrunch
We've written a number of times about why Animal Crossing's chill, landscape-tending gameplay lends itself perfectly to our current stuck-inside-amid-a-pandemic moment.Why Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ 31 million sales are so incredible | Kyle Orland | February 1, 2021 | Ars Technica
My experiences as a mother to my son, George, have also lent inspiration to my work, especially my founding of the Fabrics Matter Movement.The future of maternity workwear is all in the details | Rachel King | January 31, 2021 | Fortune
In 2008, his monastery was in desperate need of funds and Vreeland decided to lend a hand with his first photography exhibition.
His play The Hairy Ape, the agent noted, “could easily lend itself to radical propaganda.”
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 | Marlow Stern | November 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Is it that collectivist cultures such as those in Asia lend themselves to this nature of group sexual crime?
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 | Hampton Stevens | June 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Other orchestra leaders are always writing and begging him to lend them his copies of Oratorios, etc.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
Then he held down a hand to her, bade her set her foot on his, and called with an oath to Rabecque to lend her his assistance.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
The human species,” Charles Lamb says, “is composed of two distinct races, the men who borrow and the men who lend.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
He took me to the house of a musical friend of his who was to lend me his grand piano, and there we tried our sonata.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
To this the great do not care to lend their ears, and the small have not wings strong enough to fly so far.
British Dictionary definitions for lend
(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 support: he lent his skill to the company
lend an ear to listen
lend itself to possess the right characteristics or qualities for: the novel lends itself to serialization
lend oneself to give support, cooperation, etc
- lender, noun
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