When you lend something, you loan it or let someone borrow it. You might, for example, lend your bike to your brother — if he promises to be careful with it.

Libraries lend people books, and car rental companies lend people cars — in both cases, the item that's been borrowed is supposed to be returned eventually. Another way to lend is to "add a quality to," or "be suitable for." You could say that you think your hat lends you a mysterious quality, or that your trench coat lends itself to walking through a foggy city at dusk.

Definitions of lend
  1. verb
    give temporarily; let have for a limited time
    “I will lend you my car”
    synonyms: loan
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    get temporarily
    farm out, hire out, rent out
    grant the services of or the temporary use of, for a fee
    extend credit to
    pay in advance
    type of:
    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
  2. verb
    have certain characteristics of qualities for something; be open or vulnerable to
    “This story would lend itself well to serialization on television”
    “The current system lends itself to great abuse”
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    type of:
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  3. verb
    bestow a quality on
    “Her presence lends a certain cachet to the company”
    synonyms: add, bestow, bring, contribute, impart
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    be a contributing factor
    instill, transfuse
    impart gradually
    impart a cheap brightness to
    throw in
    add as an extra or as a gratuity
    impart as if by breathing
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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