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verb     lend pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlelending
past tenselent
past participlelent
  1. 1
    [transitive] to give someone something for a short time, expecting that they will give it back to you later. If you lend someone something, they borrow it from you

    The local library will lend books for a month without charge.

    lend someone something:

    She lent me her very expensive coat.

    lend something to someone:

    Joe lent this car to us for the weekend.

    1. a.
      [intransitive/transitive] to give someone money that you expect them to pay back later

      Can you lend me £10?

    See also borrow
  2. 2
    [transitive] to give something a particular quality
    lend something to something:

    The secrecy lent an air of intrigue to their planning.

    lend something something:

    The smile lent his face a certain boyish charm.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to give someone support or help
    lend (your) support:

    Aid agencies lend support to refugees by providing blankets and food.

    lend (your) assistance:

    Then Max arrived to lend his assistance.

    lend a (helping) hand:

    Patricia is someone who is always ready to lend a helping hand (=help people).

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