Lend

Definition of Lend

Pronunciation: lĕnd
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Lent (lĕnt); p. pr. & vb. n. Lending.]
Give me that ring.
I'll lend it thee, my dear, but have no power
To give it from me.
- Shak.
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.
Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase.
- Levit. xxv. 37.
3.To afford; to grant or furnish in general; as, to lend assistance; to lend one's name or influence.
Cato, lend me for a while thy patience.
- Addison.
Mountain lines and distant horizons lend space and largeness to his compositions.
- J. A. Symonds.
4.To let for hire or compensation; as, to lend a horse or gig.
To lend a hand
to give assistance; to help.
To lend one's ears
to give attention.

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accommodate, accommodate with, add, allow, bestow, borrow, confer, contribute, discount, discount notes, fit, float a loan, furnish, give, impart, lease-lend, lend-lease, loan, loan-shark, negotiate a loan, oblige, shave, suit
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