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v. lent (lĕnt), lend·ing, lends
a. To give or allow the use of temporarily on the condition that the same or its equivalent will be returned.
b. To provide (money) temporarily on condition that the amount borrowed be returned, usually with an interest fee.
2. To make available for another's use: The neighbors lent us help after the storm.
3. To contribute or impart: Books and a fireplace lent a feeling of warmth to the room.
To make a loan. See Usage Note at loan.
lend a hand
To be of assistance.
lend (itself) to
To accommodate or offer itself to; be suitable for: "The presidency does not lend itself to on the job training" (Joe Biden).

[Middle English lenden, alteration of lenen (on the model of such verbs as senden, to send, whose past participle sent rhymed with lent, past participle of lenen), from Old English lǣnan; see leikw- in Indo-European roots.]

lend′er n.
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References in classic literature ?
He lent us the money to become our creditor; and he lends us the yacht to give another handle to the people who are saying already that he occupies the position in our family which is more fully recognized on the other side of the Channel!"
He is a good soul, and has promised to recommend me to a friend of his who lives in Viborskaia Street and lends money.
'And I have always been his friend: And, though my means to give are small, At least I can afford to lend. How few, in this cold age of greed, Do good, except on selfish grounds!
"I have come, sir," he said, "to ask you to lend me some money.
I say this only, that usury is a concessum propter duritiem cordis; for since there must be borrowing and lending, and men are so hard of heart, as they will not lend freely, usury must be permitted.
When I returned the "Alhambra" to the teacher I hoped she would lend me another book.
"I dare say," I went on, meaning to be very severe, "that you wouldn't lend money to any of us, if we wanted it."
A STAG asked a Sheep to lend him a measure of wheat, and said that the Wolf would be his surety.