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Meaning of lend by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old English lænan .


    • enPR: lĕnd, IPA: /lɛnd/, X-SAMPA: /lEnd/
    • Rhymes: -ɛnd


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    See also

    • lend in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • lend in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

Explanation of lend by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. give temporarily

    2. I will lend you my car
    3. bestow a quality on

    4. Her presence lends a certain cachet to the company
    5. have certain characteristics of qualities for something

    6. This story would lend itself well to serialization on television
      The current system lends itself to great abuse

    Definition of lend by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Lend ( lĕnd ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lent ( lĕnt ); p. pr. & vb. n. Lending.] [OE. lenen, AS. lǣnan, fr. lǣn loan; akin to G. lehnen to lend. See Loan.]
      1. To allow the custody and use of, on condition of the return of the same; to grant the temporary use of; as, “to lend a book”; -- opposed to borrow.

      Give me that ring.

      I'll lend it thee, my dear, but have no power

      To give it from me. Shak.

      2. To allow the possession and use of, on condition of the return of an equivalent in kind; as, “to lend money or some article of food”.

      Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase. Levit. xxv. 37.

      3. To afford; to grant or furnish in general; as, “to lend assistance; to lend one's name or influence.”

      Cato, lend me for a while thy patience. Addison.

      Mountain lines and distant horizons lend space and largeness to his compositions. J. A. Symonds.

      4. To let for hire or compensation; as, “to lend a horse or gig”.

      ☞ This use of the word is rare in the United States, except with reference to money.

      To lend a hand, to give assistance; to help. [Colloq.] -- To lend one's ears or To lend an ear, to give attention.