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loan

noun uk   /ləʊn/ us    /loʊn/

loan noun (SUM)

B1 [C] an amount of money that is borrowed, often from a bank, and has to be paid back, usually together with an extra amount of money that you have to pay as a charge for borrowing: She's trying to get a $50,000 loan to start her own business. We could apply for/take out a loan to buy a car.
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loan noun (BORROW)

C1 [C or U] an act of borrowing or lending something: Thank you very much for the loan of your bike. This exhibit is on loan (= being borrowed/lent) from/to another museum.
on loan If a football player is on loan, they are playing for a different club for a limited period of time: He spent a month on loan at Newcastle.

loan

verb [T] uk   /ləʊn/ us    /loʊn/
to lend: This library loans books and CDs. [+ two objects] I'd loan you the money if I could./I'd loan the money to you if I could.
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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