A fire lends cheer to a room.
An example of to lend is for a person to give his car to a friend for the day.
Books and a fireplace lent a feeling of warmth to the room.
The neighbors lent us help after the storm.
- To be of assistance.
- To accommodate or offer itself to; be suitable for:
- to be adapted to, useful for, or open to
Origin of lend
- Middle English lenden alteration of lenen (on the model of such verbs as senden to send) (whose past participle sent rhymed with lent) (past participle of lenen) from Old English lǣnan leikw- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From earlier len (with excrescent -d, as in sound, round, etc.), from Middle English lenen, lÃ¦nen, from Old English lÇ£nan (“to lend; give, grant, lease"), from Proto-Germanic *laihnijanÄ… (“to loan"), from Proto-Germanic *laihnÄ… (“loan"), from Proto-Indo-European *leykÊ·- (“to leave, leave over"). Cognate with Scots len, lend (“to lend"), West Frisian liene (“to lend, borrow, loan"), Dutch lenen (“to lend, borrow, loan"), German lehnen (“to borrow, lend out, loan"), Swedish lÃ¥na (“to lend, loan"), Icelandic lÃ¡na (“to lend, loan"), Icelandic lÃ©na (“to grant"), Latin linquÅ (“quit, leave, forlet"), Ancient Greek Î»ÎµÎ¯Ï€Ï‰ (lÃ©ipÅ, “leave, release"). See also loan.
- From Middle English lende (usually in plural as lendes, leendes, lyndes), from Old English lendenu, lendinu (“loins", plural), from Proto-Germanic *landijÅ, *landÄ¯Ì„ (“loin"), from Proto-Indo-European *lendÊ°- (“loin, kidney"). Cognate with Scots lend, leynd (“the loins, flank, buttocks"), Dutch lendenen (“loins, reins"), German Lenden (“loins"), Swedish lÃ¤nder (“loins"), Icelandic lendar (“loins"), Latin lumbus (“loin"), Russian Ð»ÑÐ´Ð²ÐµÑ (ljÃ¡dveja, “thigh, haunch").