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[lend] /lɛnd/
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.
Origin of lend
before 900; Middle English lenden, variant (orig. past tense) of lenen, Old English lǣnan (cognate with Dutch lenen, German lehnen, Old Norse lāna), derivative of lǣn loan; cognate with German Lehnen, Old Norse lān. See loan1
Related forms
lender, noun
interlend, verb, interlent, interlending.
overlend, verb, overlent, overlending.
relend, verb (used with object), relent, relending.
Can be confused
borrow, lend, loan (see usage note at loan)
lend, loan. Unabridged
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  • It is customary for the lender to make no memorandum of the transaction.

    The Gilded Age, Complete Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner
  • Detaining them in our possession longer than the lender had reason to expect.

    The Young Man's Guide William A. Alcott
  • Suppose a corporation makes a loan without proper authority and receives the money, can the lender recover it?

  • This proverb does not confine the evil to the borrower like the proverb, "The borrower is servant to the lender."

    Usury Calvin Elliott
  • This path, if followed far enough, leads to bankruptcy for the borrower and loss to the lender.

    International Finance Hartley Withers
British Dictionary definitions for lender


verb lends, lending, lent (lɛnt)
(transitive) to permit the use of (something) with the expectation of return of the same or an equivalent
to provide (money) temporarily, often at interest
(intransitive) to provide loans, esp as a profession
(transitive) to impart or contribute (something, esp some abstract quality): her presence lent beauty
(transitive) to provide, esp in order to assist or support: he lent his skill to the company
lend an ear, to listen
lend itself, to possess the right characteristics or qualities for: the novel lends itself to serialization
lend oneself, to give support, cooperation, etc
Derived Forms
lender, noun
Word Origin
C15 lende (originally the past tense), from Old English lǣnan, from lǣnloan1; related to Icelandic lāna, Old High German lēhanōn
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Word Origin and History for lender

Old English laenere, agent noun from lænan (see lend (v.)).



late 14c., from Old English lænan "to lend," from læn "loan" (see loan). Cognate with Dutch lenen, Old High German lehanon, German lehnen, also verbs derived from nouns. Past tense form, with terminal -d, became the principal form in Middle English on analogy of bend, send, etc.

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