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[ lend ]

verb (used with object)

, lent, lend·ing.
  1. to grant the use of (something) on condition that it or its equivalent will be returned.
  2. to give (money) on condition that it is returned and often that interest is paid for its temporary use.
  3. to give or contribute obligingly or helpfully:

    to lend one's aid to a cause.

  4. to adapt (oneself or itself ) to something:

    The building should lend itself to inexpensive remodeling.

  5. to furnish or impart:

    Distance lends enchantment to the view.

verb (used without object)

, lent, lend·ing.
  1. to make a loan.


/ lɛnd /


  1. tr to permit the use of (something) with the expectation of return of the same or an equivalent
  2. to provide (money) temporarily, often at interest
  3. intr to provide loans, esp as a profession
  4. tr to impart or contribute (something, esp some abstract quality)

    her presence lent beauty

  5. tr to provide, esp in order to assist or support

    he lent his skill to the company

  6. lend an ear
    to listen
  7. lend itself
    to possess the right characteristics or qualities for

    the novel lends itself to serialization

  8. lend oneself
    to give support, cooperation, etc

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Derived Forms

  • ˈlender, noun

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Other Words From

  • lender noun
  • inter·lend verb interlent interlending
  • over·lend verb overlent overlending
  • re·lend verb (used with object) relent relending

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Word History and Origins

Origin of lend1

First recorded before 900; from 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; loan 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of lend1

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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Idioms and Phrases

  1. lend a hand, to give help; aid:

    If everyone lends a hand, we can have dinner ready in half an hour.

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Example Sentences

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.

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.

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.

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.

My experiences as a mother to my son, George, have also lent inspiration to my work, especially my founding of the Fabrics Matter Movement.

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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.

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.

Other orchestra leaders are always writing and begging him to lend them his copies of Oratorios, etc.

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.

The human species,” Charles Lamb says, “is composed of two distinct races, the men who borrow and the men who lend.

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.

To this the great do not care to lend their ears, and the small have not wings strong enough to fly so far.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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