Origin of Lent
verb (used with object), lent, lend·ing.
verb (used without object), lent, lend·ing.
Origin of lend
Related Words for lentgiven
Examples from the Web for lent
Contemporary Examples of lent
Like Lent, the season of Advent was a period of reflection and fasting, and items such as dairy and sugar were forbidden.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts
December 24, 2014
Shortly thereafter, T.I. lent his first post-incarceration verse to a remix of “Magic.”Future Makes Us Rethink Everything We Thought We Knew About Rap Artists
December 15, 2014
In return we lent the hospitable Post our halftones, and they adorned its first city edition next morning.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
Oleksiy Kosarev, leader of a local anti-corruption organization, lent some credence to this conception.Ukraine’s Vigilante Peacemakers
May 17, 2014
When she was finally arrested, the Delle Donnas lent her $5,000 to retain an attorney, a source close to the case told me.Did Christie Go Easy on a Human Trafficker Just to Bust a Small-Time Pol?
March 17, 2014
Historical Examples of lent
But the damage would not have happened if Will had not lent the boat to me.Brave and Bold
Lent her by Father Christopher of the priory, forsooth—that is ever her answer.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
And the books are lent to any person in each section who wishes to read them?In the Midst of Alarms
What may we not do with them, if it were not for the season of Lent?
The officers came down at night, and lent us a hand with the work.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Word Origin for Lent
verb lends, lending or lent (lɛnt)
Word Origin for lend
late 14c., short for Lenten (n.) "forty days before Easter" (early 12c.), from Old English lencten "springtime, spring," the season, also "the fast of Lent," from West Germanic *langa-tinaz "long-days" (cf. Old Saxon lentin, Middle Dutch lenten, Old High German lengizin manoth), from *lanngaz (root of Old English lang "long;" see long (adj.)) + *tina-, a root meaning "day" (cf. Gothic sin-teins "daily"), cognate with Old Church Slavonic dini, Lithuanian diena, Latin dies "day" (see diurnal).
the compound probably refers to the increasing daylight. Cf. similar form evolution in Dutch lente (Middle Dutch lentin), German Lenz (Old High German lengizin) "spring." Church sense of "period between Ash Wednesday and Easter" is peculiar to English.
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.