Definition of lend in English:

lend

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Grant to (someone) the use of (something) on the understanding that it shall be returned.

    ‘Stewart asked me to lend him my car’
    ‘the pictures were lent to each museum in turn’
    • ‘Luckily I was still pretty smart and someone lent me a tie.’
    • ‘She lent me her cellphone so I could make calls to arrange this.’
    • ‘A policeman took time from directing operations to lend me his car and mobile phone to collect my mind and phone work colleagues.’
    • ‘When I arrived, I was lent a small cap; my hat would have been conspicuously different.’
    • ‘When Virginia goes to England, she lends me her car: a Peugeot convertible with English plates.’
    • ‘I thought I'd just give you back those albums you lent me.’
    • ‘I was doubly shamed, as mine contained little more than a notebook, a camera, a sleeping bag they had lent me, and some lint.’
    • ‘We give them what they want and in return they lend us what we want.’
    • ‘You don't have to depend on your parents lending you the car.’
    • ‘Jouko had lent me his photographic field guide for the weekend, and I quickly determined that the bird was a Spangled Drongo.’
    • ‘She took off the jacket Jay lent her and returned it to him.’
    • ‘Bill lent me a copy of his latest book and I have to tell you I laughed until I cried reading this book.’
    • ‘Uncle offers to give me one car, and lend me another.’
    • ‘By 2002, she was living with Tim Montgomery, a relationship which began after she had lost her spikes in Oslo and he lent her his.’
    • ‘Hannah lent me a sleeping bag since I didn't take one and I managed to find space in a room with a carpet to sleep.’
    • ‘The point here is that I lent you something and you've broken it.’
    • ‘He told me that a relative had offered to lend him a car while he is here.’
    • ‘He convinced Brian to lend him his car and Romeo drove back to Juliet's house.’
    • ‘One of my managers at work has lent me his camera to play with.’
    • ‘She told a tale of woe that involved her ex-boyfriend Kevin using guilt to convince her to lend him her car.’
    loan, give someone the loan of, let someone use, let someone have the use of
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    1. 1.1 Allow (a person or organization) the use of (a sum of money) under an agreement to pay it back later, typically with interest.
      ‘no one would lend him the money’
      [no object] ‘the bank lends only to its current customers’
      ‘balance sheets weakened by unwise lending’
      • ‘It should come as no surprise that banks and other lending institutions are in business to make money.’
      • ‘It's security the bank requires when lending you money, explained the banker.’
      • ‘The state-owned bank lent the money to a company called Harvard Properties whose directors are Dan McGing and Barry Kenny.’
      • ‘On a few occasions Mrs Slater had lent him small sums.’
      • ‘And how willing will our bank be to lend us money to invest in assets other than property?’
      • ‘They're lending the American government money in exchange for interest.’
      • ‘My parents have also lent me some money, which I will eventually have to pay back.’
      • ‘A homeless teacher has been jailed after he stole cash from a kind-hearted charity boss who lent him money and gave him a job.’
      • ‘Although they could justify the expense, they knew no bank would lend them any more money.’
      • ‘With only Rp 2 million in his hand, some of which his brother lent him, he decided to try his luck in the capital.’
      • ‘So he persuaded a bank to lend him the money to buy a chain of newsagents.’
      • ‘Bank of Ireland is prepared to lend staff up to double their salaries to buy Telecom Eireann shares.’
      • ‘Bertie doesn't have that sort of cash, but as his brother lent him money for Christmas, he'll probably help him out again.’
      • ‘So why are banks falling all over themselves to lend small businesses money?’
      • ‘Banks would be more inclined to lend him money to improve the site, he said.’
      • ‘The bad news comes at a time when banks have lent more money than ever to consumers with poor credit.’
      • ‘Liu was not at home and his parents refused to lend him the money.’
      • ‘He claimed Sattar had agreed to lend him the money, which he needed for personal reasons.’
      • ‘I give over $600 a month to the nice people who lent me the money to go to business school.’
      • ‘When a bank lends you money, the loan comes with strings attached - namely, the covenants contained in the loan agreement.’
  • 2Contribute or add (something, especially a quality) to.

    ‘the smile lent his face a boyish charm’
    • ‘This paradoxical blend of the practical and the unworldly lends depth and texture to his best work, but it was a volatile mix and didn't always work.’
    • ‘Further weight was lent to that argument in the 2004 Six Nations championship, the first after Johnson's retirement.’
    • ‘This lends weight to the theory that autism is a neurodevelopmental condition and not an acquired one.’
    • ‘To lend weight to this, he adds the interpretation of a social scientist and an academician.’
    • ‘Browning is to be praised for his monumental research project; his analysis of the major characters lends a depth to the work.’
    • ‘Lee Ermey, a former drill sergeant himself, lends a good dose of realism to his role as the evil instructor.’
    • ‘Roland is always cited as a ‘former NASA historian,’ which supposedly lends weight to his comments.’
    • ‘The concentration of structures in space lends an urban quality even to small villages.’
    • ‘Mr Hughes-Wilson's views lend weight to the words of George Bernard Shaw.’
    • ‘Also, the article lends a bit of credibility to my presentations when I speak to families on dietary, biomedical, and other types of therapies.’
    • ‘Perhaps he felt it lent a bit of dignity to the affair.’
    • ‘When fire fighters arrive to find flames jumping up the outside of the building it is obvious that they too should lend their weight to student concerns.’
    • ‘Its higher price, $262, lends weight to that assumption.’
    • ‘However, some commentators argue that new material in the Strasbourg papyrus lends weight to the traditional interpretation.’
    • ‘Because this exchange pitted him against the president, it lent stature to the senator's candidacy.’
    • ‘It lent this marvelous weight to the central questions of the film, ‘Who am I?’’
    • ‘Another consideration lends weight to this prospect.’
    • ‘A 1997 Yorkshire study of 255 adolescent students' attitudes to reading lends weight to this view.’
    • ‘His British accent lends a singsong quality to the words.’
    • ‘Perhaps that lent an extra measure of contrast to the rowdy group at the back of the smoking section.’
    add, impart, give, bestow, confer, provide, grant, supply, furnish, accord, offer, contribute, afford, bring, donate
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  • 3lend itself toAccommodate or adapt oneself to.

    ‘John stiffly lent himself to her enthusiastic embraces’
    • ‘He was joined by a great contingent of the local faithful and laity, all generously lending themselves to this historic afternoon in Loughglynn.’
    • ‘‘By working at Aldermaston,’ he realises, ‘he has lent himself to evil.’’
    • ‘And he was correct to point out that prosecutors lend themselves to being used for political purposes.’
    • ‘They're not guys who lend themselves to humor because they're so dull.’
    • ‘First of all, there were people in this community who lent themselves to that kind of description through their very overt, shameless manipulation of this story to advance their own political careers.’
    • ‘The actor has been lending himself to book launches recently, starting with Vikram Seth's Two Lives way back in October.’
    • ‘Perhaps soldiers patrolling in camouflage gear don't lend themselves to debauchery in the French Quarter.’
    • ‘He lent himself to an illusion, he lent himself to misleading the African people.’
    • ‘There are some who will observe the period, but it is not something that we lend ourselves to.’
    • ‘Judge James Pyke told him: ‘I have listened to the circumstances in which you came to be involved in this, but the fact remains that you lent yourself to an evil trade.’’
    1. 3.1lend itself to (of a thing) be suitable for.
      ‘bay windows lend themselves to blinds’
      • ‘The countries of North Africa tend to be treated as a whole but do not, in any practical sense, lend themselves to such categorisation.’
      • ‘We all know Greater London is short of residential property and many Workspace sites would lend themselves to mixed-use developments.’
      • ‘Some books make good films, some shops lend themselves to mail-order.’
      • ‘Lewis's estate was impressed with the way Belvedere's native features lend themselves to the fictional landscape.’
      • ‘The plastic blocks are lighter, lending themselves to more applications, and easier to install.’
      • ‘There are several good works in Indian languages published each year which lend themselves to ideal scripts for films.’
      • ‘I've got the first one, and the stories really lend themselves to the comic format.’
      • ‘The animal paintings would lend themselves to greeting card design whereas the flowers would suit repeat patterns such as wrapping paper.’
      • ‘Pots lend themselves to the cultivation of annuals and throughout the year they can accommodate a changing display of flowers.’
      • ‘On the other hand my books don't lend themselves to movies and they tend to violate basic laws of fiction writing.’
      be suitable for, be suited to, be appropriate for, be adaptable to, have the right characteristics for, be applicable for, be easily used for, be readily used for, be serviceable for
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Phrases

  • lend an ear (or one's ears)

    • Listen sympathetically or attentively.

      ‘the Samaritans lend their ears to those in crisis’
      • ‘The others in the group generally lend their ears, some slurping steaming hot tea from squat hexagonal glasses.’
      • ‘The two sitting Conservative Ward Councillors work very hard on local issues and are always ready to lend an ear or a helping hand.’
      • ‘Besides, a true friend is always ready to lend an ear when a person is under too much stress to handle.’
      • ‘They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us.’
      • ‘If you need any help getting started, I would be happy to lend an ear or a hand.’
      • ‘‘I killed my son, and my wife's leaving me’ he sobs at regular intervals to anyone that will lend an ear.’
      • ‘He wanted to lend an ear but this wasn't part of the bargain.’
      • ‘But for some semblance of camaraderie, lend an ear to their tales of woe.’
      • ‘Let her know that you don't necessarily expect her to fix everything for you - you just want her to lend an ear.’
      • ‘Whenever I needed to talk about Aaron, which I admit was often, he always lent an ear.’
      listen, keep one's ears open, prick up one's ears
      pay attention, take notice, be attentive, attend, concentrate, heed, pay heed, give ear, give one's undivided attention
      be all ears, pin back one's ears
      hearken
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  • lend a hand (or a helping hand)

    • see omitted unresolving XREF to "give a hand" at hand
      help, help out, give a helping hand, assist, give assistance, aid, make a contribution, do someone a favour, take part, do one's bit
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  • lend one's name to

    • Allow oneself to be publicly associated with.

      ‘he lent his name and prestige to the organizers of the project’
      • ‘So convinced is Sadie Frost of Joshi's philosophy that she has lent her name to his Feel Great range.’
      • ‘In the ensuing outcry, Chomsky lent his name to a letter praising Johnstone's ‘outstanding work’.’
      • ‘He traveled often and far, lectured, taught, lent his name to social causes and to institutions.’
      • ‘His brother, James, accepted Clarks had bought the rights to the name but said he was ‘delighted’ to lend his name to the campaign.’
      • ‘The AC Milan footballer has lent his name to Riordan's apartment and villa complex, which will be known as Costa de Cabanas.’
      • ‘Footballer and style icon David Beckham was not only conveniently seen buying some for his wife Victoria last Christmas but also lent his name to its children's range of clothing.’
      • ‘While I may not want a war in my name, there are quite a few other causes I don't want to lend my name to either.’
      • ‘I'm surprised you're lending your name to such a cruel suppression of dissent, Stephen.’
      • ‘Polgar, a Hungarian native who lent her name to the center, will evaluate Georgia's strategies and techniques, DeLeon said.’
      • ‘After filmmaker Gus Van Sant also lent his name to the project, it was selected for the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, where the word spread.’

Origin

Old English lǣnan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lenen, also to loan. The addition of the final -d in late Middle English was due to association with verbs such as bend and send.

Pronunciation:

lend

/lend/