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loan

noun [C/U]  /loʊn/ us  
an act of lending something, esp. a sum of money that that has to be paid back with interest (= an additional amount of money that is a percentage of the amount borrowed), or an amount of money that has been lent: [U] Thanks for the loan of your bike. [C] My brother repaid his student loan within five years. The painting is on loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (= has been lent to it, esp. for more than a short period of time).

loan

verb [T]  /loʊn/ us  
to lend something, esp. money: Can you loan me $10 until payday?
Translations of “loan”
in Korean 대출…
in Arabic قَرْض…
in French prêt…
in Turkish borç para, ödünç para, kredi…
in Italian prestito…
in Chinese (Traditional) 數目, 貸款,借款…
in Russian заем, ссуда…
in Polish kredyt, pożyczka…
in Spanish préstamo, empréstito…
in Portuguese empréstimo…
in German die Anleihe, das Darlehen, das Leihen…
in Catalan préstec…
in Japanese 借金, ローン…
in Chinese (Simplified) 数目, 贷款,借款…
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