What does lend mean?

Definitions for lendlɛnd

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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"


  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

  5. Origin: [OE. lenen, AS. lnan, fr. ln loan; akin to G. lehnen to lend. See Loan.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lend

    lend, v.t. to give for a short time something to be returned: to afford, grant, or furnish, in general: to let for hire.—v.i. to make a loan:—pr.p lend′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. lent.—ns. Lend′er; Lend′ing, the act of giving in loan: (Shak.) that which is lent or supplied. [A.S. lǽnanlǽn, lán, a loan.]

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lend in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lend in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ambrose Bierce:

    Acquaintance, n. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.

  2. Tony Abbott:

    I share the exasperation of the Australian public at what appears to be someone who's been having a lend of us, for many years.

  3. Tracy Tian:

    It makes sense for banks to lend to stronger borrowers to protect themselves from bad debt, as net interest margins will narrow.

  4. William Shakespeare:

    When griping grief the heart doth wound, and doleful dumps the mind opresses, then music, with her silver sound, with speedy help doth lend redress.

  5. Johann von Goethe:

    To be loved for what one is, is the greatest exception. The great majority love in others only what they lend him, their own selves, their version of him.

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