verb (past and past participle lent /lent/)[with object]
- 1Grant to (someone) the use of (something) on the understanding that it shall be returned: Stewart asked me to lend him my car the pictures were lent to each museum in turn
- 1.1Allow (a person or organization) the use of (a sum of money) under an agreement to pay it back later, typically with interest: no one would lend him the money [no object]: the bank lends only to its current customers (as noun lending) balance sheets weakened by unwise lendingMore example sentences
- So why are banks falling all over themselves to lend small businesses money?
- When a bank lends you money, the loan comes with strings attached - namely, the covenants contained in the loan agreement.
- They're lending the American government money in exchange for interest.
- 2Contribute or add (something, especially a quality) to: the smile lent his face a boyish charmMore example sentences
- The concentration of structures in space lends an urban quality even to small villages.
- To lend weight to this, he adds the interpretation of a social scientist and an academician.
- This lends weight to the theory that autism is a neurodevelopmental condition and not an acquired one.
- 3 (lend oneself to) Accommodate or adapt oneself to: John stiffly lent himself to her enthusiastic embracesMore example sentences
- There are some who will observe the period, but it is not something that we lend ourselves to.
- He lent himself to an illusion, he lent himself to misleading the African people.
- The actor has been lending himself to book launches recently, starting with Vikram Seth's Two Lives way back in October.
- 3.1 (lend itself to) (Of a thing) be suitable for: bay windows lend themselves to blindsMore example sentences
be suitable for, be suited to, be appropriate for, be applicable for
- The plastic blocks are lighter, lending themselves to more applications, and easier to install.
- I've got the first one, and the stories really lend themselves to the comic format.
- On the other hand my books don't lend themselves to movies and they tend to violate basic laws of fiction writing.
lend an ear (or one's ears)
- Listen sympathetically or attentively: the Samaritans lend their ears to those in crisisMore example sentences
- Let her know that you don't necessarily expect her to fix everything for you - you just want her to lend an ear.
- The others in the group generally lend their ears, some slurping steaming hot tea from squat hexagonal glasses.
- But for some semblance of camaraderie, lend an ear to their tales of woe.
lend one's name to
- Allow oneself to be publicly associated with: he lent his name and prestige to the organizers of the projectMore example sentences
- While I may not want a war in my name, there are quite a few other causes I don't want to lend my name to either.
- So convinced is Sadie Frost of Joshi's philosophy that she has lent her name to his Feel Great range.
- I'm surprised you're lending your name to such a cruel suppression of dissent, Stephen.
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- The CRR was reduced from 5.5 per cent to 5.0 per cent in June 2002 and further to 4.75 per cent in November 2002 augmenting the lendable resources of banks by about Rs.10,000 crore.
- Keep in mind that the financial sector - through financial credit creation - is the dominant supplier of lendable funds.
Old English lǣnan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lenen, also to loan1. The addition of the final -d in late Middle English was due to association with verbs such as bend and send.