[ lent ]
/ lɛnt /
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simple past tense and past participle of lend.
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OTHER WORDS FROM lentun·lent, adjectivewell-lent, adjective
Other definitions for lent (2 of 3)
[ lent ]
/ lɛnt /
(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
OTHER WORDS FROM Lentpost-Lent, adjective
Other definitions for lent (3 of 3)
a suffix occurring in loanwords from Latin, variant of -ulent: pestilent.
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How to use lent in a sentence
Lorsqu'il est dans la masse, il marche à pas lents, car il lutte.A Lecture on the Study of History|Lord Acton
Malgr cette fausse direction, les objets d'un luxe trs-recherch faisaient des progrs bien lents.History of Civilization in England, Vol. 2 of 3|Henry Thomas Buckle
O ye pitiful simpletons, who spend your days in throwing cudgels at Jack-a-Lents or Shrove-cocks!A Select Collection of Old English Plays|Robert Dodsley
A monk reckons his monastic life by the number of Lents he has observed.A Civil Servant in Burma|Herbert Thirkel White
"No doubt you're right, Kass," Lents rumbled in a deep voice.The Metal Moon|Everett C. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for lent (1 of 2)
/ (lɛnt) /
the past tense and past participle of lend
British Dictionary definitions for lent (2 of 2)
/ (lɛnt) /
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
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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