Adjective "lending" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Grant to (someone) the use of (something) on the understanding that it will be returned.
  1. 'the pictures were lent to each museum in turn'
  2. 'I thought I'd just give you back those albums you lent me.'
  3. 'Luckily I was still pretty smart and someone lent me a tie.'
  4. 'Bill lent me a copy of his latest book and I have to tell you I laughed until I cried reading this book.'
  5. 'Hannah lent me a sleeping bag since I didn't take one and I managed to find space in a room with a carpet to sleep.'
  6. 'When I arrived, I was lent a small cap; my hat would have been conspicuously different.'
  7. 'When Virginia goes to England, she lends me her car: a Peugeot convertible with English plates.'
  8. 'Uncle offers to give me one car, and lend me another.'
  9. 'A policeman took time from directing operations to lend me his car and mobile phone to collect my mind and phone work colleagues.'
  10. 'We give them what they want and in return they lend us what we want.'
  11. 'He convinced Brian to lend him his car and Romeo drove back to Juliet's house.'
  12. no object 'banks lend only to their current account customers'
  13. 'Although they could justify the expense, they knew no bank would lend them any more money.'
  14. 'With only Rp 2 million in his hand, some of which his brother lent him, he decided to try his luck in the capital.'
  15. 'So why are banks falling all over themselves to lend small businesses money?'
  16. 'Liu was not at home and his parents refused to lend him the money.'
  17. 'Bertie doesn't have that sort of cash, but as his brother lent him money for Christmas, he'll probably help him out again.'
  18. 'They're lending the American government money in exchange for interest.'
  19. 'My parents have also lent me some money, which I will eventually have to pay back.'
  20. 'When a bank lends you money, the loan comes with strings attached - namely, the covenants contained in the loan agreement.'
  21. 'And how willing will our bank be to lend us money to invest in assets other than property?'
  22. 'He claimed Sattar had agreed to lend him the money, which he needed for personal reasons.'
Contribute or add (a quality) to.
  1. 'Another consideration lends weight to this prospect.'
  2. 'Perhaps that lent an extra measure of contrast to the rowdy group at the back of the smoking section.'
  3. 'Because this exchange pitted him against the president, it lent stature to the senator's candidacy.'
  4. 'Roland is always cited as a ‘former NASA historian,’ which supposedly lends weight to his comments.'
  5. 'His British accent lends a singsong quality to the words.'
  6. 'Browning is to be praised for his monumental research project; his analysis of the major characters lends a depth to the work.'
  7. 'To lend weight to this, he adds the interpretation of a social scientist and an academician.'
  8. 'Perhaps he felt it lent a bit of dignity to the affair.'
  9. 'A 1997 Yorkshire study of 255 adolescent students' attitudes to reading lends weight to this view.'
  10. 'Its higher price, $262, lends weight to that assumption.'
Accommodate or adapt oneself to.
  1. 'First of all, there were people in this community who lent themselves to that kind of description through their very overt, shameless manipulation of this story to advance their own political careers.'
  2. 'And he was correct to point out that prosecutors lend themselves to being used for political purposes.'
  3. 'He lent himself to an illusion, he lent himself to misleading the African people.'
  4. 'They're not guys who lend themselves to humor because they're so dull.'
  5. 'There are some who will observe the period, but it is not something that we lend ourselves to.'
  6. 'bay windows lend themselves to blinds'
  7. 'The plastic blocks are lighter, lending themselves to more applications, and easier to install.'
  8. 'The animal paintings would lend themselves to greeting card design whereas the flowers would suit repeat patterns such as wrapping paper.'
  9. 'I've got the first one, and the stories really lend themselves to the comic format.'
  10. 'We all know Greater London is short of residential property and many Workspace sites would lend themselves to mixed-use developments.'
  11. 'Lewis's estate was impressed with the way Belvedere's native features lend themselves to the fictional landscape.'

More definitions

1. to grant the use of (something) on condition that it or its equivalent will be returned.

2. to give (money) on condition that it is returned and that interest is paid for its temporary use.

3. to give or contribute obligingly or helpfully: to lend one's aid to a cause.

4. to adapt (oneself or itself) to something: The building should lend itself to inexpensive remodeling.

5. to furnish or impart: Distance lends enchantment to the view. verb

More examples(as adjective)

"supports can be lending."

"sums can be lending."

"moneys can be lending."

"markets can be lending."

"rates can be lending."

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(lend)Old English lǣnan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lenen, also to loan. The addition of the final -d in late Middle English was due to association with verbs such as bend and send.


lend an ear (or one's ears)
lend one's name to