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  1. 1
    if something is on loan, someone is borrowing it

    That book is already out on loan.

    on loan from/to:

    These paintings are on loan from the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

  2. 2
    if someone is on loan to another organization, they are temporarily working for that organization before returning to their own

    He is joining our team on loan this season.

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