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Lend appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Embargos are macabre. Sad Nell, listen O, not to no nets. I'll lend a Serb a camera, so grab me.
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Lend is sometimes a misspelling of led.

The word lend is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the verb lend

What does lend mean as a doing word?

Lend is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. bestow a quality on
  2. give temporarily; let have for a limited time
    • examples: I will lend you my car | They lend cars to the tourists | They lend the tourists their cars
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] [Theme]They lent me a bicycle
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]I leased my house (to somebody)
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Recipient]Brown presented a plaque to Jones | They lent a bicycle to me | We contributed our paycheck to her
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] to [Recipient]He donated directly to JSP members | The bank lent to fewer customers

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): loan, pass, peddle, refund, render.

    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of lend: loan
    • antonym of lend: borrow
    • more generic word: give = transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
    • more specific terms:
  3. have certain characteristics of qualities for something; be open or vulnerable to
    • examples: This story would lend itself well to serialization on television | The current system lends itself to great abuse
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being

Alternative definition of the verb lend


  1. [transitive] to allow to be used by someone temporarily, on condition that it or its equivalent will be returned.
  2. [intransitive] to make a loan
  3. [Australia] to be misled in a jocular or teasing manner
  4. [reflexive] to be suitable or applicable, to fit
  5. [proscribed] to borrow


Lend is the 4th district of the Austrian city of Graz. It is located on the west bank of the Mur and north of the district Gries and west of the district Innere Stadt and the Schloßberg.


"Lend" is a composition, cataloged instance.

Phrases with Lend

Phrases starting with the word Lend:

  1. lend-lease
  2. Lend a Hand
  3. Lend an Ear
  4. lend oneself
  5. Lend Itself to
  6. Lend a Helping Hand

Phrases ending with the word Lend:

  1. to lend
  2. lease-lend

Other phrases containing the word Lend:

  1. To Lend a Hand
  2. To Lend an Ear

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Lend

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Google previewForeign Capital In Developing Economies (2016)

Perspectives from the Theory of Economic Growth by Stefano Manzocchi

the incentive to lend is a decrease in the amount of net foreign borrowing ( although in the case of a higher premium, the assumption of a downward-sloping demand schedule for net borrowing is required). We consider two distinct kinds of ...

Google previewPerils of Wisdom (2002)

by Bill Halligan

The only safe thing to lend is an ear. The one good thing about being poor, with having no stocks or money, is that recessions and depressions mean nothing at all, since there is nothing at all at stake, nothing to lose. The aristocrats of poverty ...

Google previewGrowing Artificial Societies (1996)

Social Science from the Bottom Up by Joshua M. Epstein, Robert Axtell

the amount necessary to have children, in which case the maximum amount it may lend is the excess wealth; 0 An agent is a potential borrower if it is of childbearing age and has insufficient wealth to have a child and has income ( resources ...

Google previewAfter the Trade Is Made, Revised Ed. (2006)

Processing Securities Transactions by David M. Weiss

The 70% the bank will lend is the approximate complement of the 140% the broker/dealer can use. The mix of the security being pledged could also affect the amount the bank is willing to lend. If one security makes up a major part of the loan, ...

Google previewUniversity of Chicago Law Review: Volume 80, Number 4 - Fall 2013 (2014)

by University of Chicago Law Review

When Bank is owed more, then Bank's unwillingness to lend is a stronger signal to Creditor that the ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Anglo-American Relations (2009)

by Sylvia Ellis

The Lend-Lease program allowed President Franklin D. Roosevelt to “sell, transfer title to, exchange, lease, lend, or otherwise dispose of, to any such government [whose defense the president deems vital to the defense of the United States] ...

Google previewThe Standard-phonographic Dictionary (1862)

by Andrew Jackson Graham

Land, land, Lend; r*, Lend '- (or3). See , bland and Highland. Landamman, lairilaman, Lend -Men. Landau ...

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Usage statistics about lend

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb lend:


Comparison of usage frequency between the verb lend and its most common antonym:


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ca. 1918
City of Toronto Archives
Series 236, File 244

Photo credit: Toronto History

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Sign language

Lend a Hand - 70's Sign Language Song

Horrible song as part of the sign language agenda of the 70's. If deaf people could hear, they'd hate this song, too.

Quotes about Lend

Hands are to grab and to make too.
Hands are to hold and to lend too.
Hands are to ward and to hug too.
Have mind to lend power to the hand.
11.10.2005 (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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Scrabble value of L1E1N1D2

The value of this 4-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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