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v. lent, lend•ing. v.t.
If you borrow something that belongs to someone else, you use it for a period of time and then return it.
If you lend something you own to someone else, you allow them to have it or use it for a period of time. The past tense form and -ed participle of lend is lent.
You don't normally talk about borrowing or lending things that can't move. Don't say, for example, 'Can I borrow your garage next week?' You say 'Can I use your garage next week?'
Similarly, you don't usually say 'He lent me his office while he was on holiday'. You say 'He let me use his office while he was on holiday'.
Past participle: lent
|Verb||1.||lend - bestow a quality on; "Her presence lends a certain cachet to the company"; "The music added a lot to the play"; "She brings a special atmosphere to our meetings"; "This adds a light note to the program"|
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
factor - be a contributing factor; "make things factor into a company's profitability"
instill, transfuse - impart gradually; "Her presence instilled faith into the children"; "transfuse love of music into the students"
tinsel - impart a cheap brightness to; "his tinseled image of Hollywood"
throw in - add as an extra or as a gratuity
|2.||lend - give temporarily; let have for a limited time; "I will lend you my car"; "loan me some money"|
give - transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody; "I gave her my money"; "can you give me lessons?"; "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"
hire out, rent out, farm out - grant the services of or the temporary use of, for a fee; "We rent out our apartment to tourists every year"; "He hired himself out as a cook"
trust - extend credit to; "don't trust my ex-wife; I won't pay her debts anymore"
advance - pay in advance; "Can you advance me some money?"
borrow - get temporarily; "May I borrow your lawn mower?"
|3.||lend - have certain characteristics of qualities for something; be open or vulnerable to; "This story would lend itself well to serialization on television"; "The current system lends itself to great abuse"|
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
"Neither a borrower nor a lender be" [William Shakespeare Hamlet]
lend[lend] (lent (pt, pp))
to lend sb sth; lend sth to sb → prestar algo a algn, dejar algo a algn
see also ear A1
see also hand A5
see also name A1
see also weight A3
lend[ˈlɛnd] [lent] (pt, pp) vt
to lend sth to sb, to lend sb sth → prêter qch à qn
I can lend you some money → Je peux te prêter de l'argent.
see also hand
The uniforms lent a certain dignity to the ceremony → Les uniformes conféraient une certaine dignité à la cérémonie.
to lend credence to sth → ajouter foi à qch
Empirical studies lend credence to his ideas → Des études empiriques ajoutent foi à ses idées.
to lend one's support to sth → apporter son soutien à qch
lendpret, ptp <lent>
lend[lɛnd] (lent (pt, pp)) vt (gen) → prestare (fig) (impart, importance, mystery, authority) → conferire
to lend out → prestare, dare in prestito
to lend a hand → dare una mano
to lend an ear to sb/sth → prestare ascolto a qn/qc
it does not lend itself to being filmed → non si presta ad essere filmato