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verb lend pronunciation in American English /lend/
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present tense
I/you/we/theylend
he/she/itlends
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?
      Banks are willing to lend large amounts of money to people starting up businesses.
    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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