Lend Definition

lĕnd
lending, lends, lent
verb
lending, lends, lent
To let another use or have (a thing) temporarily and on condition that it, or the equivalent, be returned.
Webster's New World
To provide (money) temporarily on condition that the amount borrowed be returned, usually with an interest fee.
American Heritage
To let out (money) at interest.
Webster's New World
To make available for another's use.
The neighbors lent us help after the storm.
American Heritage
To make a loan or loans.
Webster's New World
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noun

(anatomy, UK dialectal) The lumbar region; loin.

Wiktionary

(UK dialectal) (of a person or animal) The loins; flank; buttocks.

Wiktionary
idiom
lend a hand
  • To be of assistance.
American Heritage
lend (itself) to
  • To accommodate or offer itself to; be suitable for:
American Heritage
lend itself to
  • to be adapted to, useful for, or open to
Webster's New World
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Origin of Lend

  • From earlier len (with excrescent -d, as in sound, round, etc.), from Middle English lenen, lænen, 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 lána (“to lend, loan"), Icelandic léna (“to grant"), Latin linquō (“quit, leave, forlet"), Ancient Greek λείπω (léipō, “leave, release"). See also loan.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English lende (usually in plural as lendes, leendes, lyndes), from Old English lendenu, lendinu (“loins", plural), from Proto-Germanic *landijō, *landį̄ (“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 länder (“loins"), Icelandic lendar (“loins"), Latin lumbus (“loin"), Russian лядвея (ljádveja, “thigh, haunch").

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

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