lend

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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 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.
Idioms
  1. 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 (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
Related formslend·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.
Can be confusedborrow lend loan
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Contemporary Examples of lender

Historical Examples of lender

  • The operation was a hazardous one for the lender as well as for the borrower.

  • For you must know Rutilius, himself a lender, was bantering Musonius for being a borrower.

  • Detaining them in our possession longer than the lender had reason to expect.

    The Young Man's Guide

    William A. Alcott

  • A loan binds the borrower to the lender though he pay no increase.

    Usury

    Calvin Elliott

  • The promoter of an enterprise on borrowed capital is practically but the agent of the lender.

    Usury

    Calvin Elliott


British Dictionary definitions for lender

lend

verb lends, lending or lent (lɛnt)
  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 supporthe lent his skill to the company
  6. lend an ear to listen
  7. lend itself to possess the right characteristics or qualities forthe novel lends itself to serialization
  8. lend oneself to give support, cooperation, etc
Derived Formslender, 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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Word Origin and History for lender
n.

Old English laenere, agent noun from lænan (see lend (v.)).

lend

v.

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.

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