- Lent is defined as a period of 40 days that Christians observe from Ash Wednesday to Easter, often marked by giving something up.
An example of Lent is the time that you give up something like smoking for 40 days.
- The definition of lent is the past tense of lend, meaning to let someone have something temporarily.
A library having let you take a book to read is an example of lent.
pt. & pp. of lend
- the period of forty weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Easter, observed variously in Christian churches by fasting and penitence
- in the Middle Ages, the period from Martinmas (November 11) to Christmasin full St. Martin's Lent
Origin of LentMiddle English lenten from Old English lengten, the spring from Germanic an unverified form langat-tin from base of long + an unverified form tina-, day from Indo-European base an unverified form dei-, to shine from source Classical Latin dies, day: from the lengthening of the days in the spring; akin to German lenz, spring
Past tense and past participle of lend
A 40-day period of fasting and penitence observed by many Christians in preparation for Easter. In Western churches, Lent lasts from Ash Wednesday until Easter, usually excepting Sundays.
Origin of LentMiddle English lenten, lente spring, Lent from Old English lencten ; see del-1 in Indo-European roots.
- Simple past tense and past participle of lend.
- He returned to motel in mid-evening, in a car lent to him by the accommodating authorities.
- Occasionally, he even lent a hand with the chores at Bird Song.
- Jenn checked her pocket, not surprised to see the phone Darian lent her was missing.
- Her confessor lent her the Genius of Christianity, and to this book she ascribes the first change in her religious views.
- The amount lent on security was 4,153,229.