What does loan mean?

Definitions for loan

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. loannoun

    the temporary provision of money (usually at interest)

  2. loanword, loanverb

    a word borrowed from another language; e.g. `blitz' is a German word borrowed into modern English

  3. lend, loanverb

    give temporarily; let have for a limited time

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


  1. loannoun

    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. loannoun

    The contract and array of legal or ethical obligations surrounding a loan.

    He made a payment on his loan.

  3. loannoun

    The permission to borrow any item.

    Thank you for the loan of your lawn mower.

  4. loanverb

    To lend (something) to (someone).

  5. Etymology: Middle English from Old Norse lán, akin to Old English læn

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Loannoun

    Any thing lent; any thing given to another, on condition of return or repayment.

    Etymology: hlæn , Saxon.

    The better such ancient revenues shall be answered and paid, the less need her majesty ask subsidies; fifteens, and loans. Francis Bacon.

    You’re on the fret,
    Because, in so debauch’d and vile an age,
    Thy friend and old acquaintance dares disown
    The gold you lent him, and forswear the loan. Dryden.


  1. loan

    Wiener Neustadt East Airport (German: Flugplatz Wiener Neustadt/Ost) (IATA: None, ICAO: LOAN) is an airport serving Wiener Neustadt, a city in the Austrian state of Lower Austria. It is used for business and general aviation but doesn't feature commercial scheduled services; the nearest major airport is Vienna International Airport. In the 1990s, Tyrolean operated scheduled flights with a Dash 7 in and out of Wiener Neustadt Airport. The airport is home to Diamond Aircraft Industries


  1. loan

    A loan is a sum of money or property that is given to a borrower by a lender under the agreement that it will be paid back at a later date, often with interest. The repayment terms, including the interest rate and the duration of the loan, are typically specified in a loan agreement. Loans can be obtained from various sources including banks, credit unions, private individuals, or businesses and can be used for a variety of purposes such as buying a home, starting a business, or paying for education.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Loannoun

    a loanin

  2. Loannoun

    the act of lending; a lending; permission to use; as, the loan of a book, money, services

  3. Loannoun

    that which one lends or borrows, esp. a sum of money lent at interest; as, he repaid the loan

  4. Loan

    to lend; -- sometimes with out

  5. Etymology: [See Lawn.]


  1. Loan

    In finance, a loan is a debt evidenced by a note which specifies, among other things, the principal amount, interest rate, and date of repayment. A loan entails the reallocation of the subject asset for a period of time, between the lender and the borrower. In a loan, the borrower initially receives or borrows an amount of money, called the principal, from the lender, and is obligated to pay back or repay an equal amount of money to the lender at a later time. Typically, the money is paid back in regular installments, or partial repayments; in an annuity, each installment is the same amount. The loan is generally provided at a cost, referred to as interest on the debt, which provides an incentive for the lender to engage in the loan. In a legal loan, each of these obligations and restrictions is enforced by contract, which can also place the borrower under additional restrictions known as loan covenants. Although this article focuses on monetary loans, in practice any material object might be lent. Acting as a provider of loans is one of the principal tasks for financial institutions. For other institutions, issuing of debt contracts such as bonds is a typical source of funding.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Loan

    lōn, n. a lane: an open space for passage left between fields of corn: a place for milking cows.—Also Loan′ing. [Lane.]

  2. Loan

    lōn, n. anything lent: the act of lending: permission to use: money lent for interest.—v.t. to lend.—adj. Loan′able.—ns. Loan′-off′ice, a public office at which loans are negotiated, a pawnbroker's shop; Loan′-socī′ety, a society organised to lend money to be repaid with interest by instalments; Loan′-word, one taken into one language from another—like Loafer above. [A.S. lǽn; Ice. lán, Dan. laan, cf. Ger. lehen, a fief.]

Suggested Resources

  1. LOAN

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  2. Loan

    Lend vs. Loan -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Lend and Loan.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Loan

    An Americanism for “lend.”

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LOAN

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Loan is ranked #33036 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Loan surname appeared 693 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Loan.

    84.8% or 588 total occurrences were White.
    9.3% or 65 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.3% or 16 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 14 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'loan' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2666

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'loan' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3990

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'loan' in Nouns Frequency: #721

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of loan in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of loan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of loan in a Sentence

  1. Elizabeth Prelogar:

    Congress wanted to cover the waterfront and ensure in advance that the secretary had the tools depending on whatever situation he confronted to make sure that student-loan borrowers were n’t going to be left worse off.

  2. Emma Wild:

    Some companies have used up the good will over renegotiating their covenants or needing various wavers signed around existing (loan) facilities, and have rationalised their capital programmes as best they can, the need to pay down debt and close funding gaps may result in a few bargains that those with capital have been holding out for.

  3. Jeff Tjornehoj:

    I don't have a very hopeful view for loan funds taking in money any time soon, and I think we'll see more outflows.

  4. Andrew Sveen:

    Barry made a name for himself by working harder than his competitors and hustling for clients, his actions and style brought greater liquidity and transparency to the loan market. His longevity is a tribute to his success and we look forward to working with him in the future.

  5. Li Zheming:

    Zhou Xiaochuan's indication that monetary policy should remain neutral has cooled the stock market, investors are divided on the direction that the market is moving and are still cautious that regulators will tighten restrictions because of their crackdowns on margin trading and entrusted loan schemes.

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