simple past tense and past participle of .
(in the Christian religion) an annual season of fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter, beginning on Ash Wednesday and lasting 40 weekdays to Easter, observed by Roman Catholic, Anglican, and certain other churches.
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.
a suffix occurring in loanwords from Latin, variant of :
the past tense and past participle of lend
(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
(modifier) falling within or associated with the season before Easter: Lent observance
(pl) (at Cambridge University) Lent term boat races
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
late 14c., short for Lenten (n.) “forty days before Easter” (early 12c.), from Old English lencten “springtime, spring,” the season, also “the fast of Lent,” from West Germanic *langa-tinaz “long-days” (cf. Old Saxon lentin, Middle Dutch lenten, Old High German lengizin manoth), from *lanngaz (root of Old English lang “long;” see long (adj.)) + *tina-, a root meaning “day” (cf. Gothic sin-teins “daily”), cognate with Old Church Slavonic dini, Lithuanian diena, Latin dies “day” (see diurnal).
the compound probably refers to the increasing daylight. Cf. similar form evolution in Dutch lente (Middle Dutch lentin), German Lenz (Old High German lengizin) “spring.” Church sense of “period between Ash Wednesday and Easter” is peculiar to English.
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.
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.
[len-tuh-men-tey; Italian len-tah-men-te] /ˌlɛn təˈmɛn teɪ; Italian ˌlɛn tɑˈmɛn tɛ/ adverb, Music. 1. . /ˌlɛntəˈmɛntɪ/ adverb 1. (music) to be played slowly
[len-tn] /ˈlɛn tn/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or suitable for Lent. 2. suggesting Lent, as in austerity, frugality, or rigorousness; meager. /ˈlɛntən/ adjective 1. (often capital) of or relating to Lent 2. (archaic or literary) spare, plain, or meagre: lenten fare 3. (archaic) cold, austere, or sombre: a lenten lover adj. late Old English, […]
[len-tik] /ˈlɛn tɪk/ adjective 1. pertaining to or living in still water. /ˈlɛntɪk/ adjective 1. (ecology) of, relating to, or inhabiting still water: a lentic fauna Compare lotic
[len-tuh-sel] /ˈlɛn təˌsɛl/ noun, Botany. 1. a body of cells formed on the periderm of a stem, appearing on the surface of the plant as a lens-shaped spot, and serving as a pore. /ˈlɛntɪˌsɛl/ noun 1. any of numerous pores in the stem of a woody plant allowing exchange of gases between the plant and […]