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Definitions of lend

  1. To grant the temporary use of; furnish; afford. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. To allow the possession and use of, on condition of the return of an equivalent in kind; as, to lend money or some article of food. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To afford; to grant or furnish in general; as, to lend assistance; to lend one's name or influence. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To let for hire or compensation; as, to lend a horse or gig. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To allow the custody and use of, on condition of the return of the same; to grant the temporary use of; as, to lend a book; - opposed to borrow. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To grant to another for use for a time; to afford; as, to lend aid; to devote; as, to lend oneself to a scheme. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. To give for a short time something to be returned: to afford or grant, in general: to let for hire:-pr.p. lending; pa.t. and pa.p. lent. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. To grant on condition of return; to grant. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. To make a loan. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. of a quality, as in; "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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. give temporarily; let have for a limited time; "I will lend you my car"; "loan me some money" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. To grant for temporary use; to grant on condition that the thing or its equivalent be returned; to grant or accord; to do; to let for hire. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. To grant to another for a temporary use; to grant or furnish in general. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. Lending. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. Lender. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for lend

  1. Marjorie's done a lot of nice turns for me, and this looked like it was my play to lend a hand. – Torchy, Private Sec. by Sewell Ford
  2. Lend a hand, two of you! – The Quest of the Sacred Slipper by Sax Rohmer
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