Origin of Lent
verb (used with object), lent, lend·ing.
verb (used without object), lent, lend·ing.
Origin of lend
Examples from the Web for 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|Molly Hannon|December 24, 2014|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|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|DAILY BEAST
Oleksiy Kosarev, leader of a local anti-corruption organization, lent some credence to this conception.
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?|Olivia Nuzzi|March 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Excitement, too, had lent a warmer pink to her apple cheeks, and her blue eyes were like deep and hating stars.
One day he lent me a large work on some Indian subject, and the next I brought it back.Memoirs|Charles Godfrey Leland
They lent for nothing, but exacted damages for all delay in repayment.An Introduction to the History of Western Europe|James Harvey Robinson
But he soon found another unfortunate, perhaps a trifle less wretched than himself, who lent him an old and broken guitar.Christmas Stories from French and Spanish writers|Antoinette Ogden
Fear now lent its blind fury to the instinct of self preservation.The Silent Barrier|Louis Tracy
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.