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Dictionary Definition

lend

Verb

1 bestow a quality on; "Her presence lends a certain cachet to the company"; "The music added a lot to the play"; "She brings a special atmosphere to our meetings"; "This adds a light note to the program" [syn: impart, bestow, contribute, add, bring]
2 give temporarily; let have for a limited time; "I will lend you my car"; "loan me some money" [syn: loan] [ant: borrow]
3 have certain characteristics of qualities for something; be open or vulnerable to; "This story would lend itself well to serialization on television"; "The current system lends itself to great abuse" [also: lent]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From lænan.

Pronunciation

  • , /lɛnd/, /lEnd/
  • Rhymes with: -ɛnd

Verb

  1. To allow to be used by someone temporarily, on condition that it or its equivalent will be returned.
  2. To make a loan.

Antonyms

Derived terms

Translations

to allow to be used temporarily

References

Estonian

Noun

lend

Extensive Definition

Lend can refer to the following:

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accommodate, accommodate with, add, advance, allow, bestow, borrow, confer, contribute, discount, discount notes, fit, float a loan, furnish, give, impart, lease-lend, lend-lease, loan, loan-shark, negotiate a loan, oblige, shave, suit
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