Lend - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |lend|  American pronunciation of the word lend
Brit.  |lend|  British pronunciation of the word lend
irregular verb:  p.t. — lent  p.p. — lent


- bestow a quality on (syn: add, bestow, bring, contribute, impart)
Her presence lends a certain cachet to the company
- give temporarily; let have for a limited time (syn: loan)
I will lend you my car
- 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

Extra examples

I lent our ladder to the neighbors.

The bank wouldn't lend us the money.

Many banks won't lend to people with bad credit.

They are glad to lend their support to worthy causes.

She lent the money to him.

Banks will only lend out money at a high rate of interest.

His dispassionate manner lends great force to his criticisms.

This topic lends itself admirably to class discussion.

He loves Ireland too well to lend himself to such a policy.

I lent my CD player to Dave and I haven't got it back yet.

The hospital agreed to lend us a wheelchair.

Can you lend me £10 until tomorrow?

The government is trying to encourage the banks to lend more.

A lot of banks are unwilling to lend money to new businesses.

The building society agreed to lend us £60,000.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: lend
he/she/it: lends
present participle: lending
past tense: lent
past participle: lent
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