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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.

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(Definition of lend from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"lend" in American English

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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

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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)
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