- 1 to lend something to someone, especially money loan something (to somebody) The bank is happy to loan money to small businesses. loan somebody something A friend loaned me $1 ,000.
- 2 to lend a valuable object to a museum, etc. loan something (out) (to somebody/something) This exhibit was kindly loaned by the artist's family. loan somebody something He loaned the museum his entire collection. compare borrow
NAmE//loʊn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they loan
he / she / it loans
past simple loaned
-ing form loaning