[ lend ]
/ lɛnd /
verb (used with object), lent, lend·ing.
to grant the use of (something) on condition that it or its equivalent will be returned.
to give (money) on condition that it is returned and that interest is paid for its temporary use.
to give or contribute obligingly or helpfully: to lend one's aid to a cause.
to adapt (oneself or itself) to something: The building should lend itself to inexpensive remodeling.
to furnish or impart: Distance lends enchantment to the view.
verb (used without object), lent, lend·ing.
to make a loan.
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Idioms for lend
lend a hand, to give help; aid: If everyone lends a hand, we can have dinner ready in half an hour.
Origin of lend
before 900; Middle English lenden, variant (orig. past tense) of lenen, Old English lǣnan (cognate with Dutch lenen, German lehnen, Old Norse lāna), derivative of lǣn loan; cognate with German Lehnen, Old Norse lān. See loan1
OTHER WORDS FROM lendlend·er, nounin·ter·lend, verb, in·ter·lent, in·ter·lend·ing.o·ver·lend, verb, o·ver·lent, o·ver·lend·ing.re·lend, verb (used with object), re·lent, re·lend·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for relend
/ (lɛnd) /
verb lends, lending or lent (lɛnt)
(tr) to permit the use of (something) with the expectation of return of the same or an equivalent
to provide (money) temporarily, often at interest
(intr) to provide loans, esp as a profession
(tr) to impart or contribute (something, esp some abstract quality)her presence lent beauty
(tr) to provide, esp in order to assist or supporthe lent his skill to the company
lend an ear to listen
lend itself to possess the right characteristics or qualities forthe novel lends itself to serialization
lend oneself to give support, cooperation, etc
Derived forms of lendlender, noun
Word Origin for lend
C15 lende (originally the past tense), from Old English lǣnan, from lǣn loan 1; related to Icelandic lāna, Old High German lēhanōn
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