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lend

[lend] /lɛnd/
verb (used with object), lent, lending.
1.
to grant the use of (something) on condition that it or its equivalent will be returned.
2.
to give (money) on condition that it is returned and that interest is paid for its temporary use.
3.
to give or contribute obligingly or helpfully:
to lend one's aid to a cause.
4.
to adapt (oneself or itself) to something:
The building should lend itself to inexpensive remodeling.
5.
to furnish or impart:
Distance lends enchantment to the view.
verb (used without object), lent, lending.
6.
to make a loan.
Idioms
7.
lend a hand, to give help; aid:
If everyone lends a hand, we can have dinner ready in half an hour.
Origin
900
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.
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  • Now it's becoming the lender of last resort to everyone.
  • But those conditions should be similar to the ones any lender would attach.
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  • Acting as a lender of last resort during a financial panic is one of the core responsibilities of any central bank.
  • It takes two to make a loan: a solvent and willing lender and a credible borrower.
  • It must reform its system of representation and resume its role as a credible lender during economic crises.
  • It also ranks as the nation's seventh-largest education lender.
  • It can also agree to waive the lender's reps and warranties.
  • Whether landlords walk away from properties often depends on the lender.
  • The first solution falls to the lender of last resort.
British Dictionary definitions for lender

lend

/lɛnd/
verb lends, lending, lent (lɛnt)
1.
(transitive) to permit the use of (something) with the expectation of return of the same or an equivalent
2.
to provide (money) temporarily, often at interest
3.
(intransitive) to provide loans, esp as a profession
4.
(transitive) to impart or contribute (something, esp some abstract quality): her presence lent beauty
5.
(transitive) to provide, esp in order to assist or support: he lent his skill to the company
6.
lend an ear, to listen
7.
lend itself, to possess the right characteristics or qualities for: the novel lends itself to serialization
8.
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
n.

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

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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