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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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}. 
 
  Give  me  that  ring.  I'll  lend  it  thee,  my  dear,  but 
  have  no  power  To  give  it  from  me  --Shak. 
 
  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. 
 
  Thou  shalt  not  give  him  thy  money  upon  usury,  nor 
  lend  him  thy  victuals  for  increase.  --Levit.  xxv. 
  37. 
 
  3.  To  afford;  to  grant  or  furnish  in  general;  as  to  lend 
  assistance;  to  lend  one's  name  or  influence. 
 
  Cato,  lend  me  for  a  while  thy  patience.  --Addison. 
 
  Mountain  lines  and  distant  horizons  lend  space  and 
  largeness  to  his  compositions.  --J.  A. 
  Symonds 
 
  4.  To  let  for  hire  or  compensation;  as  to  lend  a  horse  or 
  gig. 
 
  Note:  This  use  of  the  word  is  rare  in  the  United  States, 
  except  with  reference  to  money. 
 
  {To  lend  a  hand},  to  give  assistance;  to  help.  [Colloq.] 
 
  {To  lend}  {an  ear  or  one's  ears},  to  give  attention. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Lent  \Lent\  (l[e^]nt), 
  imp.  &  p.  p.  of  {Lend}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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,  beginning  with  Ash  Wednesday  and 
  continuing  till  Easter,  observed  by  some  Christian  churches 
  as  commemorative  of  the  fast  of  our  Savior. 
 
  {Lent  lily}  (Bot.),  the  daffodil;  --  so  named  from  its 
  blossoming  in  spring. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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 
 
  2.  (Mus.)  See  {Lento}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Lent 
  n  :  a  period  of  40  weekdays  from  Ash  Wednesday  to  Holy  Saturday 
  [syn:  {Lent},  {Lententide}] 




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