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Idioms for hand

Origin of hand

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch, German Hand, Old Norse hǫnd, Gothic handus

OTHER WORDS FROM hand

hand·like, adjective

Definition for lend a hand (2 of 2)

lend
[ lend ]
/ lɛnd /

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.

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

OTHER WORDS FROM lend

lend·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.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH lend

borrow lend loan
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British Dictionary definitions for lend a hand (1 of 3)

HAND
/ text messaging /

abbreviation for

have a nice day

British Dictionary definitions for lend a hand (2 of 3)

hand
/ (hænd) /

noun

verb (tr)

Derived forms of hand

handless, adjectivehandlike, adjective

Word Origin for hand

Old English hand; related to Old Norse hönd, Gothic handus, Old High German hant

British Dictionary definitions for lend a hand (3 of 3)

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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Medical definitions for lend a hand

hand
[ hănd ]

n.

The terminal part of the human arm located below the forearm, used for grasping and holding and consisting of the wrist, palm, four fingers, and an opposable thumb.
A homologous or similar part in other animals.
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Idioms and Phrases with lend a hand (1 of 2)

lend a hand

Also, lend a helping hand. Be of assistance, as in Can you lend them a hand with putting up the flag, or Peter is always willing to lend a helping hand around the house. [Late 1500s]

Idioms and Phrases with lend a hand (2 of 2)

hand

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