American English

Definition of lend verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lend
    he / she / it lends
    past simple lent
    -ing form lending
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  1. 1[transitive] to give something to someone or allow them to use something that belongs to you, which they have to return to you later synonym loan lend (out) something (to somebody) I lent the car to a friend. lend somebody something Can you lend me your car tonight? Has he returned that book you lent him? Which Word?borrow / lend These two words are often confused. You borrow something from someone else, while they lend it to you:Can I borrow your pen? Can I borrow a pen from you? Here, I’ll lend you my pen.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] (of a bank or financial institution) to give money to someone on condition that they pay it back over a period of time and pay interest on it synonym loan lend (something) (to somebody) The bank refused to lend the money to us. lend somebody something They refused to lend us the money. compare borrow
  3. 3[transitive] (formal) to give a particular quality to a person or a situation lend something (to somebody/something) The setting sun lent an air of melancholy to the scene. lend somebody/something sth Her presence lent the occasion a certain dignity.
  4. 4[transitive] to give or provide help, support, etc. lend something (to somebody/something) I was more than happy to lend my support to such a good cause. lend somebody/something sth He came along to lend me moral support.
  5. Idioms
    give/lend a helping hand
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    to help someone
    lend an ear (to somebody/something)
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    to listen in a patient and sympathetic way to someone
    lend (somebody) a (helping) hand (with something) (informal)
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    to help someone with something I went over to see if I could lend a hand.
      lend your name to something (formal)
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    1. 1to let it be known in public that you support or agree with something I am more than happy to lend my name to this campaign.
    2. 2to have a place named after you
    lend support, weight, credence, etc. to something
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    to make something seem more likely to be true or genuine This latest evidence lends support to her theory.
    Phrasal Verbslend itself to something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: lend