Lent
Lend Lend (l[e^]nd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lent} (l[e^]nt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lending}.] [OE. lenen, AS. l[=ae]nan, fr. l[=ae]n loan; akin to G. lehnen to lend. See {Loan}.] 1. To allow the custody and use of, on condition of the return of the same; to grant the temporary use of; as, to lend a book; -- opposed to {borrow}. [1913 Webster]

Give me that ring. I'll lend it thee, my dear, but have no power To give it from me. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To allow the possession and use of, on condition of the return of an equivalent in kind; as, to lend money or some article of food. [1913 Webster]

Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase. --Levit. xxv. 37. [1913 Webster]

3. To afford; to grant or furnish in general; as, to lend assistance; to lend one's name or influence. [1913 Webster]

Cato, lend me for a while thy patience. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Mountain lines and distant horizons lend space and largeness to his compositions. --J. A. Symonds. [1913 Webster]

4. To let for hire or compensation; as, to lend a horse or gig. [1913 Webster]

Note: This use of the word is rare in the United States, except with reference to money. [1913 Webster]

{To lend a hand}, to give assistance; to help. [Colloq.]

{To lend one's ears} or {To lend an ear}, to give attention. [1913 Webster]


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  • lent — lent, lente [ lɑ̃, lɑ̃t ] adj. • 1080; lat. lentus 1 ♦ Qui manque de rapidité, met plus, trop de temps. La tortue, animal lent. Véhicules lents. Il est lent, lent dans tout ce qu il fait. ⇒ lambin, 1. mou, traînard. « la vieille nourrice si lente …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • Lent — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Familie: Wilhelm Johann Heinrich Lent (1792–1868), deutscher (Berliner) Jurist und Präsident des Oberlandesgerichts Hamm Alfred Lent (1836–1915), deutscher (Berliner) Architekt sowie Eisenbahnbaumeister… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • lent — LENT, Ă, lenţi, te, adj. Încet, domol. – Din fr. lent, lat. lentus. Trimis de LauraGellner, 19.05.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  Lent ≠ brusc, iute, rapid, repede Trimis de siveco, 03.08.2004. Sursa: Antonime  LENT adj., adv. 1 …   Dicționar Român

  • Lent — /lent/, n. (in the Christian religion) an annual season of fasting and penitence in preparation for Easter, beginning on Ash Wednesday and lasting 40 weekdays to Easter, observed by Roman Catholic, Anglican, and certain other churches. [bef.… …   Universalium

  • lent — /lent/, v. pt. and pp. of lend. * * * In the Christian church, a period of penitential preparation for Easter, observed since apostolic times. Western churches once provided for a 40 day fast (excluding Sundays), in imitation of Jesus fasting in… …   Universalium

  • Lent — Lent, n. [OE. lente, lenten, leynte, AS. lengten, lencten, spring, lent, akin to D. lente, OHG. lenzin, langiz, G. lenz, and perh. fr. AS. lang long, E. long, because at this season of the year the days lengthen.] (Eccl.) A fast of forty days,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lent — Lent, a. [L. lentus; akin to lenis soft, mild: cf. F. lent. See {Lenient}.] 1. Slow; mild; gentle; as, lenter heats. [Obs.] B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mus.) See {Lento}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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