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Meaning of loan by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Middle English from Old Norse lán, akin to Old English læn


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ləʊn/
    • ( US ) IPA: /loʊn/
    • Rhymes: -əʊn
    • Homophone: lone


    loan ( plural: loans )

    1. ( banking, finance ) A sum of money or other valuables or consideration that an individual, group or other legal entity borrows from another individual, group or legal entity ( the latter often being a financial institution ) with the condition that it be returned or repaid at a later date ( sometimes with interest ) .
      He got a five grand loan .
    2. The contract and array of legal or ethical obligations surrounding a loan .
      He made a payment on his loan .
    3. The permission to borrow any item .
      Thank you for the loan of your lawn mower .



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Explanation of loan by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. give temporarily

    2. loan me some money
    1. a word borrowed from another language

    2. the temporary provision of money ( usually at interest )

    Definition of loan by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Loan ( lōn ), n. [See Lawn.] A loanin. [Scot.]

    2. Loan, n. [OE. lone, lane, AS. lān, læn, fr. leín to lend; akin to D. leen loan, fief, G. lehen fief, Icel. lān, G. leihen to lend, OHG. līhan, Icel. ljī, Goth. leihwan, L. linquere to leave, Gr. λείπειν, Skr. ric. √119. Cf. Delinquent, Eclipse, Eleven, Ellipse, Lend, License, Relic.]
      1. The act of lending; a lending; permission to use; as, “the loan of a book, money, services”.

      2. That which one lends or borrows, especially a sum of money lent at interest; as, “he repaid the loan”.

      Loan office. An office at which loans are negotiated, or at which the accounts of loans are kept, and the interest paid to the lender. A pawnbroker's shop.

    3. Loan, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Loaned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Loaning.] To lend; -- sometimes with out. Kent.

      By way of location or loaning them out. J. Langley ( 1644 ).