(in the Christian religion) an annual season of fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter, beginning on Ash Wednesday and lasting 40 weekdays to Easter, observed by Roman Catholic, Anglican, and certain other churches.
before 1000;Middle Englishlente(n), Old Englishlencten, lengten spring, Lent, literally, lengthening (of daylight hours); cognate with Dutchlente,GermanLenz spring; see Lenten
a suffix occurring in loanwords from Latin, variant of -ulent:
verb (used with object), lent, lending.
to grant the use of (something) on condition that it or its equivalent will be returned.
to give (money) on condition that it is returned and that interest is paid for its temporary use.
to give or contribute obligingly or helpfully:
to lend one's aid to a cause.
to adapt (oneself or itself) to something:
The building should lend itself to inexpensive remodeling.
to furnish or impart:
Distance lends enchantment to the view.
verb (used without object), lent, lending.
to make a loan.
lend a hand, to give help; aid:
If everyone lends a hand, we can have dinner ready in half an hour.
before 900;Middle Englishlenden, variant (orig. past tense) of lenen,Old Englishlǣnan (cognate with Dutchlenen,Germanlehnen,Old Norselāna), derivative of lǣn loan; cognate with GermanLehnen,Old Norselān. See loan1
interlend, verb, interlent, interlending.
overlend, verb, overlent, overlending.
relend, verb (used with object), relent, relending.
O.E. lænan "to lend," from læn "loan" (see loan). Cognate with Du. lenen, O.H.G. lehanon, Ger. lehnen, also verbs derived from nouns. Past tense form, with terminal -d, became principal form in M.E. on analogy of bend, send, etc.
short for Lenten, from O.E. lencten "spring," the season, from W.Gmc. *langa-tinaz (cf. O.S. lentin, M.Du. lenten, O.H.G. lengizin manoth), from *lanngaz (root of O.E. lang "long") + *tina-, a root meaning "day" (cf. Goth. sin-teins "daily"), cognate with O.C.S. dini, Lith. diena, L. dies "day." the compound probably refers to the increasing daylight. Church sense of "period between Ash Wednesday and Easter" is peculiar to Eng.