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LEND (lent)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does lend mean? 

LEND (verb)
  The verb LEND has 3 senses:

1. bestow a quality on
2. give temporarily; let have for a limited time
3. have certain characteristics of qualities for something; be open or vulnerable to

  Familiarity information: LEND used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


LEND (verb)


Sense 1lend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bestow a quality on

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

contribute; lend; impart; add; bestow; bring

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "lend" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "lend"):

instill; transfuse (impart gradually)

tinsel (impart a cheap brightness to)

throw in (add as an extra or as a gratuity)

Sentence frames:

Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Sense 2lend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give temporarily; let have for a limited time

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

loan; lend

Context examples:

I will lend you my car / loan me some money

Hypernyms (to "lend" is one way to...):

give (transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "lend"):

farm out; hire out; rent out (grant the services of or the temporary use of, for a fee)

advance (pay in advance)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody something
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Sentence examples:

They lend cars to the tourists
They lend the tourists their cars

Antonym:

borrow (get temporarily)


Sense 3lend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have certain characteristics of qualities for something; be open or vulnerable to

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context examples:

This story would lend itself well to serialization on television / The current system lends itself to great abuse

Hypernyms (to "lend" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP


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