Definition of on loan in English:

on loan


  • 1(of a thing) being borrowed.

    ‘the painting is at present on loan to the Tate Gallery’
    • ‘The watch is on loan to the exhibition from a leading UK collector.’
    • ‘The ship's bell and name boards are now on loan to the island of Alderney for display in the local museum.’
    • ‘He added that if his son Richard did not want to keep it after inheritance the piece may also go back on loan to be enjoyed by the people of the city.’
    • ‘It would have been there on loan to her, but on her death would have gone back.’
    • ‘I was extremely happy to discover that the video she wanted was on loan to somebody else, meaning she has to go on a hike to pick it up.’
    • ‘Since then, it has travelled on loan to more than a dozen other opera companies throughout North America.’
    • ‘By happenstance, it is on loan to the American museum circuit, so I did not get to see it.’
    • ‘The mercurial winger has been the subject of a summer of speculation since being shipped out on loan to Reading in April.’
    • ‘It had been on loan to the Galleries since the 1950s but that was not long enough to qualify for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.’
    • ‘The following works have already gone out or will be going out on loan from the Museum in the months to come.’
    1. 1.1 (of a worker or sports player) on secondment to another organization or team, typically for an agreed fixed period.
      ‘Roberts, on loan from United, scored his first goal for City today’
      • ‘He was given 18 games, before being shunted off on loan to Lille, where he remains.’
      • ‘It was his decision to go on loan to Ayr because he wanted first-team football.’
      • ‘Both went on loan to several clubs before leaving permanently.’
      • ‘She came from a small town in Arkansas and was on loan to the British Army as a cryptographer.’
      • ‘He went on loan to Blackpool but they had two cup matches in that time and Sunderland wouldn't allow him to play in them.’
      • ‘They have had to go out on loan to make sure they get more experience.’
      • ‘I could let him go on loan to get some first team football so that he could come back here and play a part in our last few games.’
      • ‘At the moment he is on loan to Coventry from Liverpool until the end of the season.’
      • ‘I went on loan to Sheffield Wednesday to keep myself in the shop window.’
      • ‘I had made seven appearances for Blackburn but then got injured and went out on loan to Colchester.’