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lent

[lent]
verb
simple past tense and past participle of lend.

unlent, adjective
well-lent, adjective
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lent (lɛnt)
 
vb
the past tense and past participle of lend

Lent (lɛnt)
 
n
1.  Christianity the period of forty weekdays lasting from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday, observed as a time of penance and fasting commemorating Jesus' fasting in the wilderness
2.  (modifier) falling within or associated with the season before Easter: Lent observance
3.  (plural) (at Cambridge University) Lent term boat races
 
[Old English lencten, lengten spring, literally: lengthening (of hours of daylight)]

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Lent
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.
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Lent definition


In Christianity, a time of fasting and repentance in the spring, beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending several weeks later on Easter.

Note: To “give something up for Lent” is to abandon a pleasurable habit as an act of devotion and self-discipline.
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