lend [ lend ] (past tense and past participle lent [ lent ] ) verb **
1. ) transitive to give someone something for a short time, expecting that they will give it back to you later. If you lend someone something, they borrow it from you:
The local library will lend books for a month without charge.
lend someone something: She lent me her very expensive coat.
lend something to someone: Joe lent this car to us for the weekend.
a ) intransitive or transitive to give someone money that you expect them to pay back later:
Can you lend me $10?
Banks are willing to lend large amounts of money to people starting up businesses.
2. ) transitive to give something a particular quality:
lend something to something: The secrecy lent an air of intrigue to their planning.
lend something something: He looked at her and smiled, the smile lending his face a boyish charm.
a ) lend credence/plausibility/weight to something to make an opinion or idea seem more correct:
An in-house study has lent credence to the complaints of poor and impersonal service.
3. ) transitive to give someone support or help:
lend (your) support: Aid agencies lend support to refugees by providing blankets and food.
lend (your) assistance: Then Max arrived to lend his assistance.
lend a (helping) hand: Patricia is someone who is always ready to lend a helping hand.
lend an ear (to)
to listen to someone, especially someone who is upset:
Just lend a sympathetic ear while she tells you her problems.
lend itself to something
to be suitable for a particular purpose:
Watercolor lends itself well to reproduction.
lend your name to something
if someone, especially a famous person, lends their name to an organization or business, they publicly support it and allow their name to be connected with it:
There are around 100 charities to which Princess Diana lent her name.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • lend — W3S3 [lend] v past tense and past participle lent [lent] [: Old English; Origin: lAnan, from lAn; LOAN1] 1.) a) [T] to let someone borrow money or something that belongs to you for a short time →↑borrow lend sth to sb ▪ I lent my CD p …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Lend — (l[e^]nd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lent} (l[e^]nt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lending}.] [OE. lenen, AS. l[=ae]nan, fr. l[=ae]n loan; akin to G. lehnen to lend. See {Loan}.] 1. To allow the custody and use of, on condition of the return of the same; to grant …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lend — /lend/ verb past tense and past participle lent /lent/ 1 MONEY/CAR/BOOK ETC a) (T) to let someone borrow money from you or use something that you own, which they will give you back later: lend sb sth: I wish I d never lent him my car. | Can you… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • lend — vb lent, lend·ing vt 1: to give for temporary use on condition that the same or its equivalent be returned 2: to let out (money) for temporary use on condition of repayment with interest vi: to make a loan lend·able adj lend·er …   Law dictionary

  • lend — 1. see loan. Use of lend for borrow (May I lend your pen?) occurs in some British dialects but is non standard. 2. Use of lend as a noun occurs in British dialect use and colloquially in New Zealand, but is non standard: • Could you give me the… …   Modern English usage

  • Lend — Blason inconnu …   Wikipédia en Français

  • lend*/*/*/ — [lend] (past tense and past participle lent [lent] ) verb 1) [T] to give someone something for a short time, expecting that they will give it back to you later The local library will lend books for a month without charge.[/ex] She lent me her… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • lend — /lend/ verb to allow someone to use something for a period ● to lend something to someone or to lend someone something ● to lend money against security ● He lent the company money or He lent money to the company. ● The bank lent him £50,000 to… …   Dictionary of banking and finance

  • lend — [lend] vt. lent, lending [< ME lenen (with unhistoric d < pt.) < OE lænan < læn, a LOAN] 1. to let another use or have (a thing) temporarily and on condition that it, or the equivalent, be returned: opposed to BORROW 2. to let out… …   English World dictionary

  • Lend — can refer to the following:*Lend, Austria, a town in the district of Zell am See in the state of Salzburg *Lend (Graz), a district of Grazee also*Loan …   Wikipedia

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