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Definition of "lend" []

  • To give or allow the use of temporarily on the condition that the same or its equivalent will be returned. (verb-transitive)
  • To provide (money) temporarily on condition that the amount borrowed be returned, usually with an interest fee. (verb-transitive)
  • To contribute or impart: Books and a fireplace lent a feeling of warmth to the room. (verb-transitive)
  • To accommodate or offer (itself) to; be suitable for: The Bible lends itself to various interpretations. (verb-transitive)
  • To make a loan. See Usage Note at loan. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "lend" in a sentence
  • "Of course I'll lend a hand, Aunt Emily -- _lend_ one, but don't count upon anything more."
  • ""U.S. Fed to lend $85 bln to AIG, take 80 pct stake" [note the word * lend*] 10 minutes ago, -0 / +1It's because most diggers suffer from "selective reading syndrome""
  • "In those regions, a lack of competition or incentive to lend is putting the brakes on growth."