Loan meaning

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To loan is defined as to give someone money that will be repaid with interest or an object that will be returned.

An example of to loan is to give your friend money when they don’t have any cash.

An example of to loan is to give someone your phone to make a quick call.

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The definition of a loan is the agreement of lending money with interest and a plan to repay it.

An example of a loan is the agreement to give you money to buy a house.

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To lend (money or property).
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The act of lending, esp. for short-term use.

The loan of a pen.

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Something lent; esp., a sum of money lent, often for a specified period and repayable with interest.
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To lend.
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The giving or granting of something, particularly a sum of money, to another, with the expectation that it will be repaid (typically with interest) or returned.
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(banking, finance) A sum of money or other valuables or consideration that an individual, group or other legal entity borrows from another individual, group or legal entity (the latter often being a financial institution) with the condition that it be returned or repaid at a later date (sometimes with interest).

He got a loan of five thousand pounds.

All loans from the library, whether books or audio material, must be returned within two weeks.

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The contract and array of legal or ethical obligations surrounding a loan.

He made a payment on his loan.

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The permission to borrow any item.

Thank you for the loan of your lawn mower.

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(usually double , US, dated in UK, informal) To lend (something) to (someone).
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(Scotland) A lonnen.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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An instance of lending.

A bank that makes loans to small businesses.

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The state of being lent for temporary use.

A painting on loan from another museum.

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on loan
  • Lent for temporary use or service to another by the owner, regular employer, etc.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of loan

  • Middle English lan, lon from Old Norse lān leikw- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English lone, lane, from Old Norse lán (“loan"), from Proto-Germanic *laihnÄ… (“that which is lent, loan, fief"), from Proto-Indo-European *leykÊ·- (“to leave, leave over"). Cognate with Icelandic lán (“loan"), Swedish lÃ¥n (“loan"), Danish lÃ¥n (“loan"), German Lehen (“fief, feudal estate"), Dutch leen (“fief, feudatory, something lent"), West Frisian lien (“something borrowed, loan"), North Frisian leen (“fief, loan, office"), Scots lane, lain, len (“loan"), Old English lÇ£n (“loan, borrowing, lease, grant, gift, present, benefit"). More at lend.
    From Wiktionary
  • See lawn.
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