What does loan mean?

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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.

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

  2. loannoun

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

    He made a payment on his loan.

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

  3. loannoun

    The permission to borrow any item.

    Thank you for the loan of your lawn mower.

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

  4. loanverb

    To lend (something) to (someone).

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Loannoun

    a loanin

    Etymology: [See Lawn.]

  2. Loannoun

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

    Etymology: [See Lawn.]

  3. Loannoun

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

    Etymology: [See Lawn.]

  4. Loan

    to lend; -- sometimes with out

    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.]

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Loan

    An Americanism for “lend.”

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  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. 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.

  2. Chief Risk Officer Laura Dottori-Attanasio:

    If we went into a recessionary-type environment we could see ourselves doubling our loan losses.

  3. Jeremy Swan:

    The leveraged loan market can be considered a canary in the coal mine for the U.S. economy.

  4. Kinner Lakhani:

    Higher volatility should support higher sales and trading revenues and rising bond yields are generally good for banks, especially ones that have a low loan-to-deposit ratio, but not all banks will be affected in the same way...credit trading may also be negatively impacted.

  5. Seth Frotman:

    What we're seeing now, is that the student loan collection machine that exists in America literally can't be responsive to the law.

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