lend Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “lend” in the English Dictionary

"lend" in British English

See all translations

lendverb

uk   us   /lend/ (lent, lent)

lend verb (GIVE)

A2 [T] to give something to someone for a ​shortperiod 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 ​extramoneyadded to the ​originalamount: The ​bankrefuses to lend tostudents. [+ two objects] The ​bankagreed to lend him $5,000.
More examples

lend verb (ADD TO)

[T] If something lends a ​particularquality to something ​else, it ​adds that ​quality to it: [+ two objects] Vases of ​flowers all around the ​room lent the ​place a ​cheerfullook/lent a ​cheerfullook 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, ​imaginativestyle does not lend itself to ​translation.
(Definition of lend from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lend" in American English

See all translations

lendverb [T]

 us   /lend/ (past tense and past participle lent  /lent/ )
to give something to someone for a ​shortperiod of ​time, ​expecting it to be given back: Can you lend me a few ​dollars till ​payday?
(Definition of lend from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"lend" in Business English

See all translations

lendverb

uk   us   /lend/ (lent /lent/ , lent /lent/ )
[I or T] BANKING, FINANCE if a ​bank or other ​financialorganization lends ​money to someone, it gives them ​money for a ​period of ​time which they then ​pay back with ​interest: Britain's ​buildingsocieties chiefly lend ​money for ​housepurchase.lend $5,000/£2bn/€1m, etc. to sb The Ohio Development Financing Advisory Council ​agreed to lend $20 million to the Port Authority.lend sb $5,000/£2bn/€1m, etc. A ​number of prominent ​businessmen are ​rumoured to have lent the Party over £20 million.lend to sb/sth Banks have been ​heavily criticized for lending to ​people who cannot ​afford the ​repayments.
[T] to give someone something for a ​period of ​time, after which they will give it back to you: lend sb sth Can you lend me $20?lend sth to sb Her ​tasksincluded persuading ​stores to ​offerdiscounts or lend clothes on ​approval to her ​boss.
to give something a ​quality that makes it better in some way: lend sth to sth We hope that these ​measures will lend ​stability to the ​economy.lend weight (to sth) February's ​tradefigures lend ​weight to the Fund's less cheerful view.lend credence/credibility (to sth) Other ​evidence helped lend credibility to their ​claims.
lend a (helping) hand to do something that helps a ​company or ​person: The Federal Reserve is expected to lend a ​hand by continuing to ​cutinterestrates forcefully.
lend your support (to sth) to ​support someone or something: I have lent my ​support to his ​plan for a ​private referendum.
(Definition of lend from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of lend?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“lend” in Business English

Word of the Day
public school

in England, an expensive type of private school (= school paid for by parents not by the government)

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More