verb (used with object), lent, lend·ing.
- 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, lend·ing.
- 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 or lent (lɛnt)
- (tr) to permit the use of (something) with the expectation of return of the same or an equivalent
- to provide (money) temporarily, often at interest
- (intr) to provide loans, esp as a profession
- (tr) to impart or contribute (something, esp some abstract quality)her presence lent beauty
- (tr) to provide, esp in order to assist or supporthe lent his skill to the company
- lend an ear to listen
- lend itself to possess the right characteristics or qualities forthe novel lends itself to serialization
- lend oneself to give support, cooperation, etc
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.