• "'I can lend you fourpence, old chap,' said Smythe."
    "'I can lend you fourpence, old chap,' said Smythe."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v lend give temporarily; let have for a limited time "I will lend you my car","loan me some money"
    • v lend bestow a quality on "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"
    • v lend 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A superstition in baseball is to never lend your bat to anyone or you will be jinxed
    • Lend 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.""Mountain lines and distant horizons lend space and largeness to his compositions."
    • Lend 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."
    • Lend 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."
    • Lend To let for hire or compensation; as, to lend a horse or gig.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Coffee lends its popularity to the fact that just about all flavors mix well with it.
    • lend In a general sense, to give; grant.
    • lend To give the use of without compensation; grant or give (anything) in expectation of a return of the same, or of the like in equal quantity or amount: as, to lend a book, a loaf of bread, or a sum of money.
    • lend To give the use of for a consideration; let or grant for hire; yield up on condition of return of the same or an equivalent, and payment for its use: as, to lend money on interest.
    • lend To give for a particular occasion or purpose; grant or yield temporarily or specifically; afford; accommodate (with or to): as, to lend one's ear to an appeal; to lend assistance: often used reflexively: as, to lend one's self to a project.
    • lend To furnish, impart, or communicate; confer; add: as, “distance lends enchantment to the view.”
    • lend To make a loan or loans.
    • n lend A loan: as, will you give me the lend of your spade?
    • lend To land; arrive; dwell; stay; remain.
    • n lend A Middle English form of land.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Denver it is unlawful to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next-door neighbor.
    • v.t Lend lend to give for a short time something to be returned: to afford, grant, or furnish, in general: to let for hire
    • v.i Lend to make a loan:—pr.p lend′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. lent
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Acquaintance. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.”
  • Mark Twain
    “People are much more willing to lend you books than bookcases.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “When a person has no need to borrow they find multitudes willing to lend.”
  • Proverb
    “People lend only to the rich.”
  • John Ruskin
    “People cannot live by lending money to one another.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Solvency is maintained by means of a national debt, on the principle, If you will not lend me the money, how can I pay you?”


Lend an ear - If you lend an ear, you listen to what someone has to say. ('Lend your ear' is an alternative form.)


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. lenen, AS. lǣnan, fr. lǣn, loan; akin to G. lehnen, to lend. See Loan


In literature:

Can you lend me a bob?
"The Cock-House at Fellsgarth" by Talbot Baines Reed
I say, young 'un, I suppose you couldn't lend me a sov.
"The Willoughby Captains" by Talbot Baines Reed
I know you, and I am going to lend them to you.
"Jokes For All Occasions" by Anonymous
I'll lend it to you to wrap round your shoulders.
"The Independence of Claire" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Lend me your handkerchief, and I'll give ye a nice little bundle to take home for your tea!
"Pixie O'Shaughnessy" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
You might just as well lend them to me as leave them lying in their case upstairs.
"Sisters Three" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Can you lend us a rope?
"Cutlass and Cudgel" by George Manville Fenn
I say, you'd lend me that gun if I wanted it, wouldn't you?
"Dick o' the Fens" by George Manville Fenn
I will buy and lend you old Topley's furniture.
"The Adventures of Don Lavington" by George Manville Fenn
I would lend you one of my suits, but I imagine it wouldn't be large enough.
"The Young Bridge-Tender" by Arthur M. Winfield

In poetry:

Why, why repine, my pensive friend,
At pleasures slipp'd away?
Some the stern Fates will never lend,
And all refuse to stay.
"Resignation" by Walter Savage Landor
Let us lend our being wholly
To the cradling breeze that passes,
Wrinkling at our feet the lowly
Ocean of long russet grasses.
"En Sourdine" by Clark Ashton Smith
Whispers soft as whispers be
When love lends its voice, and she
Hears its thrilling music stream
Through the wonder-gate of dream.
"Isa In The Garden" by Alexander Anderson
Her gentle teaching sweetly blends
With this clear light of Truth
The aerial gleam that Fancy lends
To solemn thoughts in youth. -
"Gunpowder Treason" by John Keble
And though such fancy gleam no more
On earthly sorrow's night,
Truth's nobler torch unveils the shore
Which lends to both its light.
"Verses To The Memory Of A Child" by Thomas Noon Talfourd
Cool murmur of water through apple-wood
Troughs without number
The whole orchard fills, whilst the leaves
Lend their music to slumber.
"Orchard Song" by Sappho

In news:

A great financial retrenchment is under way, the product of both market forces and political pressure on banks to lend at home rather than abroad.
The latest Architecture Billings Index has reached its highest mark since August 2008, when all of the messy credit problems started and banks shut off lending for real estate projects.
Robbery with a pen will continue to be legal in Missouri with the announcement Monday that Missourians for Responsible Lending had abandoned i.
Stephen Mangan, Jim Broadbent and David Tennant also to lend vocal skills.
When the lending officer came to my office and I asked him what we were going to talk about with the prospect, I was astounded to learn that he'd done no preparation for the call.
Shrinking revenues and growing pressure from payers to coordinate hospital and physician services lend new urgency to controlling outpatient operating costs.
Library ebook lending stalls due to confusion, despite widespread interest.
Hand lettering lends personal touch to documents.
Harlow 's lends the perfect opportunity for you to give it one last try, "Didn't I see you last night at".
Kiva and other organizations let people lend money to struggling entrepreneurs.
Tribe's high-interest online lending venture booms.
Mortgage lending at 16-year low, data show.
Hominy lends a fresh, tender corn flavor to a rich stew of pulled chicken and seared steak tips.
A hot stock , a tough lender To drive growth, the education-lending giant is socking students with rates of up to 28.
Larry Houk has joined Issaquah Bank as senior vice president and chief lending officer.

In science:

Although this is not a rigorous argument, it is very suggestive, and lends support to the conjecture recently made in .
Aspects of the D=6, (2,0) Tensor Multiplet
If we can identify the corresponding supergravity duals of these two theories with the above identification, then it will lend support to the self-duality conjecture .
On decoupled theories in (5+1) dimensions from (F,D1,NS5,D5) supergravity configuration
This lends confidence that the publicly available data from Kent (1987) is reliable.
Evidence for an outer disk in the Prototype `Compact Elliptical' Galaxy M32
In fact, it is this phase difference which repulses the outer solitons, lending them a nonzero velocity.
Polychromatic solitons in a quadratic medium
Thus, it lends itself very well to calculation by computer where efficient and easy to use matrix multiplication algorithms are readily available.
Anomalous diffusion on random graphs