from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To give or allow the use of temporarily on the condition that the same or its equivalent will be returned.
- transitive v. To provide (money) temporarily on condition that the amount borrowed be returned, usually with an interest fee.
- transitive v. To contribute or impart: Books and a fireplace lent a feeling of warmth to the room.
- transitive v. To accommodate or offer (itself) to; be suitable for: The Bible lends itself to various interpretations.
- intransitive v. To make a loan. See Usage Note at loan.
- idiom lend a hand To be of assistance.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The lumbar region; loin.
- n. (of a person or animal) The loins; flank; buttocks.
- v. to allow to be used by someone temporarily, on condition that it or its equivalent will be returned.
- v. to make a loan
- v. to be suitable or applicable, to fit
- v. to borrow
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To allow the custody and use of, on condition of the return of the same; to grant the temporary use of; ; -- opposed to
- transitive v. To allow the possession and use of, on condition of the return of an equivalent in kind.
- transitive v. To afford; to grant or furnish in general
- transitive v. To let for hire or compensation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a general sense, to give; grant.
- To give the use of without compensation; grant or give (anything) in expectation of a return of the same, or of the like in equal quantity or amount: as, to lend a book, a loaf of bread, or a sum of money.
- To give the use of for a consideration; let or grant for hire; yield up on condition of return of the same or an equivalent, and payment for its use: as, to lend money on interest.
- To give for a particular occasion or purpose; grant or yield temporarily or specifically; afford; accommodate (with or to): as, to lend one's ear to an appeal; to lend assistance: often used reflexively: as, to lend one's self to a project.
- To furnish, impart, or communicate; confer; add: as, “distance lends enchantment to the view.”
- To make a loan or loans.
- n. A loan: as, will you give me the lend of your spade?
- To land; arrive; dwell; stay; remain.
- n. A Middle English form of land.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. give temporarily; let have for a limited time
- v. bestow a quality on
- v. have certain characteristics of qualities for something; be open or vulnerable to
Of course I'll lend a hand, Aunt Emily -- _lend_ one, but don't count upon anything more.
"U.S. Fed to lend $85 bln to AIG, take 80 pct stake" [note the word * lend*] 10 minutes ago, -0 / +1It's because most diggers suffer from "selective reading syndrome"
In those regions, a lack of competition or incentive to lend is putting the brakes on growth.
There are arguments for fractional reserve banking, but the notion that banks should be compensated by the public for lost interest on funds they do not lend is rather ridiculous.
Luckily some friends were there to get suckered in lend a hand.
Women with surplus land, suddenly frightened by the xifula threat and the LC's severity, assured one another that they would never again lend land to someone from outside.
The associations of the word lend it an emotion that makes it more exciting than plain goodness.
5 Would someone else enjoy this as a long term lend while I'm away?
And this tired CPO will be dragging his tuches into work from the ‘burbs past the homes of drowsing Montgomery County children who once again lend credence to the notion that they are constructed entirely of tissue paper.
The only difference between the verbs loan and lend is that loan can’t be used in figurative senses.