verb (used with object), lent, lending.
to grant the use of (something) on condition that it or its equivalent will be returned.
to give (money) on condition that it is returned and that interest is paid for its temporary use.
to give or contribute obligingly or helpfully:
to lend one’s aid to a cause.
to adapt (oneself or itself) to something:
The building should lend itself to inexpensive remodeling.
to furnish or impart:
Distance lends enchantment to the view.
verb (used without object), lent, lending.
to make a loan.
lend a hand, to give help; aid:
If everyone lends a hand, we can have dinner ready in half an hour.
verb lends, lending, lent (lɛnt)
(transitive) to permit the use of (something) with the expectation of return of the same or an equivalent
to provide (money) temporarily, often at interest
(intransitive) to provide loans, esp as a profession
(transitive) to impart or contribute (something, esp some abstract quality): her presence lent beauty
(transitive) to provide, esp in order to assist or support: he lent his skill to the company
lend an ear, to listen
lend itself, to possess the right characteristics or qualities for: the novel lends itself to serialization
lend oneself, to give support, cooperation, etc
Old English laenere, agent noun from lænan (see 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.
- Lender of last resort
noun 1. the central bank of a country with authority for controlling its banking system
noun 1. Also called circulating library, rental library. a small library that is maintained by a commercial establishment, as a drugstore, and is composed largely of current books that are lent to customers for a fee. 2. Chiefly British. a public library that lends materials or the division or section of it that carries out […]
- Lend itself to
Adapt to, be suitable for. For example, The Bible lends itself to numerous interpretations, or This plot of land lends itself to a variety of uses. [ Mid-1800s ]
[len-dl] /ˈlɛn dl/ noun 1. Ivan, born 1960, U.S. tennis player, born in the former Czechoslovakia. /ˈlɛndəl/ noun 1. Ivan (iːˈvæn, -ˈvɑːn). born 1960, Czech tennis player and coach; won eight Grand Slam singles titles (1984–90)