- 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 Words for lenderbanker, bank, backer, pawnbroker, moneylender, pawnshop, usurer, Shylock, granter
Examples from the Web for lender
Contemporary Examples of lender
By 2013, the company owed the lender about $35,000 per month—solely in interest payments—and imploded in debt.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
The “peer to peer” lender has big money and big names attached to it.Why Is Larry Summers Signing Up With Lending Club?
December 14, 2012
Over the past few years, our dependence on China as a lender has declined in both absolute terms and in relative terms.
Relying on China as a lender will reduce our freedom of movement, harm our values, and diminish the country.
Specifically, BofA's relationship with Countrywide Financial, the troubled "subprime" lender BofA purchased in early 2008.WikiLeaks' Wall Street Bombshell
December 5, 2010
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.Plutarch's Morals
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.
The promoter of an enterprise on borrowed capital is practically but the agent of the lender.
- (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 for lend
Old English laenere, agent noun from lænan (see 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.