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Meaning of LEND

Pronunciation:  lend

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  give temporarily; let have for a limited time
  2. [v]  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"
  3. [v]  have certain characteristics of qualities for something; be open or vulnerable to; "This story would lend itself well to serialization on television"; "The current system lends itself to great abuse"

LEND is a 4 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: add, bestow, bring, contribute, impart, loan
 Antonyms: borrow
 See Also: advance, alter, be, change, farm out, give, hire out, instill, rent out, throw in, tinsel, transfuse



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Lend\ (l[e^]nd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lent} (l[e^]nt); p.
pr. & vb. n. {Lending}.] [OE. lenen, AS. l[=ae]nan, fr.
l[=ae]n loan; akin to G. lehnen to lend. See {Loan}.]
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}.

         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.

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.

4. To let for hire or compensation; as, to lend a horse or

Note: This use of the word is rare in the United States,
      except with reference to money.

{To lend a hand}, to give assistance; to help. [Colloq.]

{To lend} {an ear or one's ears}, to give attention.

Thesaurus Terms
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