lent

[ lent ]
/ lɛnt /

verb

simple past tense and past participle of lend.

OTHER WORDS FROM lent

un·lent, adjectivewell-lent, adjective

Definition for lent (2 of 3)

Lent
[ lent ]
/ lɛnt /

noun

(in the Christian religion) an annual season of fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter, beginning on Ash Wednesday and lasting 40 weekdays to Easter, observed by Roman Catholic, Anglican, and certain other churches.

Origin of Lent

First recorded before 900; Middle English leynte, Old English læncte “spring, springtime, Lent,” literally, “lengthening (of daylight hours)”; cognate with Dutch lente(n), German Lenz “spring” (only English has the ecclesiastical sense); see origin at Lenten,long1

OTHER WORDS FROM Lent

post-Lent, adjective

Definition for lent (3 of 3)

-lent

a suffix occurring in loanwords from Latin, variant of -ulent: pestilent.
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British Dictionary definitions for lent (1 of 2)

lent
/ (lɛnt) /

verb

the past tense and past participle of lend

British Dictionary definitions for lent (2 of 2)

Lent
/ (lɛnt) /

noun

Christianity the period of forty weekdays lasting from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday, observed as a time of penance and fasting commemorating Jesus' fasting in the wilderness
(modifier) falling within or associated with the season before EasterLent observance
(plural) (at Cambridge University) Lent term boat races

Word Origin for Lent

Old English lencten, lengten spring, literally: lengthening (of hours of daylight)
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Cultural definitions for lent

Lent

In Christianity, a time of fasting and repentance in the spring, beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending several weeks later on Easter.

notes for Lent

To “give something up for Lent” is to abandon a pleasurable habit as an act of devotion and self-discipline.
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