loan


loan
loan verb.
In 19c British English, loan was a standard alternative for lend, but by the time Fowler wrote (1926) loan had been largely driven out by lend, although it has continued in use in AmE. In current use loan is mostly confined to non-British varieties of English:

• Delaney told him he could loan him $50 a week —Thomas Keneally, AusE 1985

• The problem was how to stretch the small amount of money he had been loaned by Herr Pfuehl —Anita Desai,(IndE 1988)

• Don't loan those jeans to your younger and svelter sister —Metropolis Magazine, AmE 2003.

But it is used in BrE too in the context of making something valuable (such as a work of art) available by a formal arrangement to an institution for a period:

• The painting has been loaned annually to the National Gallery for two-month periods since 2002 —Times, 2007.

(An alternative, more pleasing to some, is on loan (from). In normal contexts, however, loan is a so-called ‘needless variant’ of lend.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • LOAN — (Heb. הַלְוָאָה, halva ah), a transaction in which a thing, usually money, is given by one person, called the malveh ( lender ), to another, called the loveh ( borrower ), for the latter s use and enjoyment, and in order that such thing or its… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • loan — n 1 a: money lent at interest b: something lent usu. for the borrower s temporary use 2: a transfer or delivery of money from one party to another with the express or implied agreement that the sum will be repaid regardless of contingency and usu …   Law dictionary

  • Loan — Loan, n. [OE. lone, lane, AS. l[=a]n, l[ae]n, fr. le[ o]n to lend; akin to D. leen loan, fief, G. lehen fief, Icel. l[=a]n, G. leihen to lend, OHG. l[=i]han, Icel. lj[=i], Goth. leihwan, L. linquere to leave, Gr. lei pein, Skr. ric. [root]119. Cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • loan — (n.) mid 13c., from O.N. lan, related to lja to lend, from P.Gmc. *laikhwniz (Cf. O.Fris. len thing lent, M.Du. lene, Du. leen loan, fief, O.H.G. lehan, Ger. Lehn fief, feudal tenure ), originally to let have, to leave (to someone), from PIE *lei …   Etymology dictionary

  • LOAN — oder Loan bezeichnet: LOAN, ICAO Code des Flugplatz Wiener Neustadt/Ost Benjamin F. Loan (1819–1881), US amerikanischer Politiker Diese Seite ist eine Begriffsklärung zur Unterscheidung mehrerer mit demselben Wor …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • loan — loan·able; loan; loan·er; loan·ing; …   English syllables

  • loan — ► NOUN 1) a thing that is borrowed, especially a sum of money that is expected to be paid back with interest. 2) the action of lending. ► VERB ▪ give as a loan. ● on loan Cf. ↑on loan DERIVATIVES …   English terms dictionary

  • loan — [lōn] n. [ME lone < ON lān (akin to OE læn, lending, loan, lænan, to lend) < IE base * leikw , to leave behind > L linquere, Gr leipen, Sans riṅákti, (he) leaves] 1. the act of lending, esp. to use for a short time [the loan of a pen] 2 …   English World dictionary

  • Loan — Loan, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Loaned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Loaning}.] To lend; sometimes with out. Kent. [1913 Webster] By way of location or loaning them out. J. Langley (1644). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Loan — (l[=o]n), n. [See {Lawn}.] A loanin. [Scot.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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