simple past tense and past participle of lend.
- un·lent, adjective
- well-lent, adjective
Other definitions for Lent (2 of 3)
(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.
- post-Lent, adjective
Other definitions for -lent (3 of 3)
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use lent in a sentence
This year, his daughter decided to start saying grace before dinner during lent, and he and his wife were encouraging, thinking it would be a nice thing to try out.Saying grace: How a moment of thanks, religious or not, adds meaning to our meals | Emily Heil | November 18, 2021 | Washington Post
lent declined in a written statement to respond to specific questions about Logan’s allegation but acknowledged the “serious questions that it raises.”‘People of Praise leaders failed me’: Christian group tied to Justice Amy Coney Barrett faces reckoning over sexual misconduct | Beth Reinhard, Alice Crites | June 11, 2021 | Washington Post
lent did not respond to questions about how People of Praise handled the allegation, but said the incidents occurred before the two Christian groups merged.‘People of Praise leaders failed me’: Christian group tied to Justice Amy Coney Barrett faces reckoning over sexual misconduct | Beth Reinhard, Alice Crites | June 11, 2021 | Washington Post
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 | Molly Hannon | December 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Luke Hopping | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | H.L. Mencken | October 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There seemed a sense that his blackness alone lent him a protean kind of wisdom, power, promise—hope, we might recall.How Barack and Michelle Have Normalized Black Prominence | John McWhorter | May 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Oleksiy Kosarev, leader of a local anti-corruption organization, lent some credence to this conception.
Anselme, thus enjoined, lent an unwonted alacrity to his movements, waddling grotesquely like a hastening waterfowl.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
The action was at first a little confusing to Edna, but she soon lent herself readily to the Creole's gentle caress.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
This stubborn resistance lent all the more lustre to the piety of our benignant Rulers.
This misfortune gave another opportunity to his detractors, and again the Emperor lent his authority to their false accusations.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
He surveyed his man more closely; but the inspection lent no colour to his suspicions.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for lent (1 of 2)
the past tense and past participle of lend
British Dictionary definitions for Lent (2 of 2)
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 Easter: Lent observance
(plural) (at Cambridge University) Lent term boat races
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cultural definitions for Lent
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.