lend (v.)

"grant temporary possession of," late 14c., from past tense of Old English lænan "to grant temporarily, lease out, make loans, lend money at interest," from Proto-Germanic *laihwnjan, verb derived from *loikw-nes-, the prehistoric source of Old English læn "gift" (see loan (n.)). Compare Dutch lenen, Old High German lehanon, German lehnen, all verbs derived from nouns. In Middle English the past tense form, with terminal -d, became the principal form on analogy of bend, send, etc. To lend an ear "listen" is from late 14c.

lend (n.)

"a loan," 1570s, from lend (v.). OED describes it as Scottish and Northern.

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Definitions of lend from WordNet

lend (v.)
bestow a quality on;
Her presence lends a certain cachet to the company
Synonyms: impart / bestow / contribute / add / bring
lend (v.)
give temporarily; let have for a limited time;
I will lend you my car
Synonyms: loan
lend (v.)
have certain characteristics of qualities for something; be open or vulnerable to;
The current system lends itself to great abuse
This story would lend itself well to serialization on television