from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Something lent for temporary use.
- n. A sum of money lent at interest.
- n. An act of lending; a grant for temporary use: asked for the loan of a garden hose.
- n. A temporary transfer to a duty or place away from a regular job: an efficiency expert on loan from the main office.
- transitive v. Usage Problem To lend.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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).
- n. The contract and array of legal or ethical obligations surrounding a loan.
- n. The permission to borrow any item.
- v. To lend (something) to (someone).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A loanin.
- n. The act of lending; a lending; permission to use.
- n. That which one lends or borrows, especially a sum of money lent at interest.
- transitive v. To lend; -- sometimes with out.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A grant; gift; reward.
- n. That which is lent; anything furnished on condition of the future return of it, or of the delivery of an equivalent in kind; especially, a sum of money lent at interest.
- n. The act of lending or the condition of being lent; a lending: as, to arrange a loan.
- n. [In civil law, when the loan was made of things which could be returned only by their material equivalent, it was called mutuum; when made of things which could be returned in the identical form, it was called commodatum.]
- n. Permission to use; grant of the use: as, a loan of credit.
- To lend.
- To lend money or other property; make a loan.
- n. A lane.
- n. An open space between fields of corn, left untilled as a passage for cattle; hence, a place near a village for milking cows. Also loaning.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a word borrowed from another language; e.g. `blitz' is a German word borrowed into modern English
- v. give temporarily; let have for a limited time
- n. the temporary provision of money (usually at interest)
Middle English lan, lon, from Old Norse lān; see leikw- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English lone, lane, from Old Norse lán ("loan"), from Proto-Germanic *laihnan (“that which is lent, loan, fief”), from Proto-Indo-European *leykʷ- (“to leave, leave over”). Cognate with Icelandic lán ("loan"), Swedish lån ("loan"), Danish lån ("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 lǣn ("loan, borrowing, lease, grant, gift, present, benefit"). More at lend. (Wiktionary)