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 for lend
From 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.
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              Give me that ring.
              I'll lend it thee, my dear, but have no power
              To give it from me.                   --Shak.
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     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.
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              Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor
              lend him thy victuals for increase.   --Levit. xxv.
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     3. To afford; to grant or furnish in general; as, to lend
        assistance; to lend one's name or influence.
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              Cato, lend me for a while thy patience. --Addison.
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              Mountain lines and distant horizons lend space and
              largeness to his compositions.        --J. A.
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     4. To let for hire or compensation; as, to lend a horse or
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     Note: This use of the word is rare in the United States,
           except with reference to money.
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     To lend a hand, to give assistance; to help. [Colloq.]
     To lend one's ears or To lend an ear, to give attention.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: bestow a quality on; "Her presence lends a certain cachet
           to the company"; "The music added a lot to the play"; "She
           brings a special atmosphere to our meetings"; "This adds a
           light note to the program" [syn: lend, impart,
           bestow, contribute, add, bring]
      2: give temporarily; let have for a limited time; "I will lend
         you my car"; "loan me some money" [syn: lend, loan] [ant:
      3: 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"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  24 Moby Thesaurus words for "lend":
     accommodate, accommodate with, add, advance, allow, bestow, borrow,
     confer, contribute, discount, discount notes, fit, float a loan,
     furnish, give, impart, lease-lend, lend-lease, loan, loan-shark,
     negotiate a loan, oblige, shave, suit

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