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Definition 1: give temporarily; let have for a limited time - [verb of possession]

Samples where lend or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I will lend you my car
  • loan me some money

Synonyms for lend in the sense of this definition

(lend is a kind of ...) 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"

(... is a kind of lend ) 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"

(... is a kind of lend ) (chiefly archaic) extend credit to

"don't trust my ex-wife; I won't pay her debts anymore"

(... is a kind of lend ) pay in advance

"Can you advance me some money?"

Definition 2: bestow a quality on - [verb of possession]

Samples where lend or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • 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

Synonyms for lend in the sense of this definition

(lend is a kind of ...) 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"

(... is a kind of lend ) be a contributing factor

"make things factor into a company's profitability"

(... is a kind of lend ) impart gradually

"Her presence instilled faith into the children" "transfuse love of music into the students"

(... is a kind of lend ) impart a cheap brightness to

"his tinseled image of Hollywood"

(... is a kind of lend ) add as an extra or as a gratuity

Definition 3: have certain characteristics of qualities for something; be open or vulnerable to - [verb of stative]

Samples where lend or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(lend is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

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