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English definition of “lend”

lend

verb uk   /lend/ (lent, lent) us  

lend verb (GIVE)

A2 [T] to give something to someone for a short period of time, expecting it to be given back: She doesn't like lending her books. [+ two objects] If you need a coat I can lend you one/lend one to you. B2 [I or T] If a bank or other organization lends money, it gives money to someone who agrees that they will pay the money back in the future, usually with extra money added to the original amount: The bank refuses to lend to students. [+ two objects] The bank agreed to lend him $5,000.

lend verb (ADD TO)

[T] If something lends a particular quality to something else, it adds that quality to it: [+ two objects] Vases of flowers all around the room lent the place a cheerful look/lent a cheerful look to the place.formal These events lend support to the view that the law is inadequate.
lend itself to sth C2 formal If something lends itself to something else, it is suitable for that thing or can be considered in that way: The novel's complex, imaginative style does not lend itself to translation.
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