Lent meaning

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Simple past tense and past participle of lend.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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Period of penitence for Christians before Easter.
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The period of forty weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Easter, observed variously in Christian churches by fasting and penitence.
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In the Middle Ages, the period from Martinmas (November 11) to Christmas.
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Origin of lent

  • Middle English lenten, lente spring, Lent from Old English lencten del-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Shortened form of Lenten, from Old English lencten. Related to German Lenz (“springtime"), which is derived from a word related to long, because of the longer days.

    From Wiktionary