The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
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.
4. To let for hire or compensation; as, to lend a horse or
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 one's ears or To lend an ear, to give attention.