To provide money temporarily on the condition that it or its equivalent will be returned, often with an interest fee . Bloomberg Financial Dictionary

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lend lend [lend] verb lent PTandPP [lent]
1. [intransitive, transitive] BANKING if a bank or financial institution lends money, it lets a person or organization borrow it on condition that they pay it back, with an additional amount as interest, usually gradually over an agreed period of time:

• Once again, the government is encouraging banks to lend.

lend something to somebody

• Last year, financial institutions lent over $30 billion to new businesses.

— see also overlend
— lending noun [uncountable] :

• stiff controls on bank lending

2. [transitive] to let someone borrow money from you or use something that you own, which they will give back to you later:
lend somebody something

• Can you lend me $20 till Friday?

lend something to somebody

• Neighbouring countries offered to lend rescue equipment to the city authorities after the earthquake.

3. lend strength/​support to support or help someone or something:

• The bond market rally yesterday also lent some strength to the stock market.

• The dollar's weakness has lent support to precious metals prices.

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lend UK /lend/ verb (lent /lent/, lent /lent/)
[I or T] BANKING, FINANCE if a bank or other financial organization lends money to someone, it gives them money for a period of time which they then pay back with interest: »

Britain's building societies chiefly lend money for house purchase.

lend $5,000/£2bn/€1m, etc. to sb »

The Ohio Development Financing Advisory Council agreed to lend $20 million to the Port Authority.

lend sb $5,000/£2bn/€1m, etc. »

A number of prominent businessmen are rumoured to have lent the Party over £20 million.

lend to sb/sth »

Banks have been heavily criticized for lending to people who cannot afford the repayments.

[T] to give someone something for a period of time, after which they will give it back to you: lend sb sth »

Can you lend me $20?

lend sth to sb »

Her tasks included persuading stores to offer discounts or lend clothes on approval to her boss.

to give something a quality that makes it better in some way: lend sth to sth »

We hope that these measures will lend stability to the economy.

lend weight (to sth) »

February's trade figures lend weight to the Fund's less cheerful view.

lend credence/credibility (to sth) »

Other evidence helped lend credibility to their claims.

lend a (helping) hand — Cf. lend a helping hand
lend your support (to sth) — Cf. lend your support to sth
See Note BORROW(Cf. ↑borrow)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • Lend — can refer to the following:*Lend, Austria, a town in the district of Zell am See in the state of Salzburg *Lend (Graz), a district of Grazee also*Loan …   Wikipedia

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