Definitions for LENDlɛnd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lendlɛnd(v.)lent, lend•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to grant the use of (something) on condition that it or its equivalent will be returned.

  2. to give (money) on condition that it is returned and that interest is paid for its temporary use.

  3. (of a library) to allow the use of (books and other materials) outside library premises for a specified period.

    Category: Library Science

  4. to give or contribute obligingly or helpfully:

    to lend one's support to a cause.

  5. to adapt (itself or oneself) to something; be suitable for:

    The building lends itself to inexpensive remodeling.

  6. to furnish or impart:

    Distance lends enchantment to the view.

  7. (v.i.)to make a loan.

Idioms for lend:

  1. lend a hand,to give help; aid.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Idiom

Origin of lend:

bef. 900; ME, var. (orig. past tense) of lenen, OE lǣnan (c. OFris lēna, OHG lēhanōn), der. of lǣn loan; see loan


Princeton's WordNet

  1. lend, impart, bestow, contribute, add, bring(verb)

    bestow a quality on

    "Her presence lends a certain cachet to the company"; "The music added a lot to the play"; "She brings a special atmosphere to our meetings"; "This adds a light note to the program"

  2. lend, loan(verb)

    give temporarily; let have for a limited time

    "I will lend you my car"; "loan me some money"

  3. lend(verb)

    have certain characteristics of qualities for something; be open or vulnerable to

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

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. lend(verb)ɛnd

    to let sb have or use sth, which they will give back to you later

    I lent him a few books on the subject.; She's lending her dress to her sister for the dance.

  2. lendɛnd

    to give sb money, which they will pay you back later, often with interest

    banks lending to people with poor credit; My father lent me $2,000.

  3. lendɛnd

    to give a particular quality to sth

    The fact that the managers were there lent the event a more serious atmosphere.

  4. lendɛnd

    to provide help

    to lend assistance to the project; Thanks to the volunteers who lent a helping hand.

  5. lendɛnd

    to help sb by listening to their problems

    She's always ready to lend an ear.


  1. lend(Verb)

    to allow to be used by someone temporarily, on condition that it or its equivalent will be returned.

  2. lend(Verb)

    to make a loan

  3. lend(Verb)

    to be suitable or applicable, to fit

  4. lend(Verb)

    to borrow

  5. Origin: From lænan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lend(verb)

    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

  2. Lend(verb)

    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

  3. Lend(verb)

    to afford; to grant or furnish in general; as, to lend assistance; to lend one's name or influence

  4. Lend(verb)

    to let for hire or compensation; as, to lend a horse or gig


  1. Lend

    Lend is the 4th district of the Austrian city of Graz. It is located on the west bank of the Mur and north of the district Gries and west of the district Innere Stadt and the Schloßberg. It has a population of 28,249 and covers an area of 3.7 square kilometres. The postal codes of Geidorf are 8020 and 8051.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LEND' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4047

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'LEND' in Verbs Frequency: #581

Translations for LEND

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to give (someone) the use of for a time

She had forgotten her umbrella so I lent her mine to go home with.

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