- 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[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[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[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. Idioms
- 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.
- 2to have a place named after you
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NAmE//lɛnd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they lend
he / she / it lends
past simple lent
-ing form lending
to help someone
give/lend a helping handjump to other results
to listen in a patient and sympathetic way to someone
lend an ear (to somebody/something)jump to other results
to help someone with something I went over to see if I could lend a hand.
lend (somebody) a (helping) hand (with something) (informal)jump to other results
lend your name to something (formal)jump to other results
to make something seem more likely to be true or genuine This latest evidence lends support to her theory. Phrasal Verbslend itself to something
lend support, weight, credence, etc. to somethingjump to other results