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To lend something is to let someone have the use of it for a time, and then to expect it back. In financial terms, this often means lending money, expecting it back at a particular time, and requiring interest payments in the meantime. "To loan" has meant the same thing as "to lend" for about 800 years, but some people, such as my dad, still get rankled by the use of "loan" as a verb.