loan
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ləʊn/
  • (America) IPA: /loʊn/
Noun

loan (plural loans)

  1. (law, banking, finance) An act or instance of lending, an act or instance of granting something for temporary use.
    Synonyms: loaning, lending
    Because of the loan that John made to me, I was able to pay my tuition for the upcoming semester.
  2. (law, banking, finance) A sum of money or other property that a natural or legal person borrows from another with the condition that it be returned or repaid over time or at a later date (sometimes with interest).
    Synonyms: principal
    All loans from the library, whether books or audio material, must be returned within two weeks.
    He got a loan of five thousand pounds.
  3. The contract and array of legal or ethical obligations surrounding a loan.
    He made a payment on his loan.
  4. The permission to borrow any item.
    Thank you for the loan of your lawn mower.
Translations Translations Verb

loan (loans, present participle loaning; past and past participle loaned)

  1. (usually double transitive, US, dated in UK, informal) To lend (something) to (someone).
    • 1820 June 1, William King, in 1820, Letters to James Monroe: President of the United States, from William King,
      In the course of a correspondence that passed between us at this period, he mentioned, to my utter astonishment, the fact of his having loaned Neilson 81000 to buy my bill on Maryland; and stated that he could not proceed to make the payment until Neilson refunded the money.
    • 1992, Carlo Ginzburg, The Cheese and the Worms: The Cosmos of a Sixteenth-Century Miller, page 30 ↗,
      All the rest—six out of eleven, more than half—were loaned to him.
    • 2015, Joanne M. Flood, Wiley GAAP 2015: Interpretation and Application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, page 574 ↗,
      Upon maturity of the debt, the investment bank returns the loaned shares.
      On the date of issuance, the entity should record the loaned shares at their fair value and recognize them as an issuance cost, with an offset to additional paid-in capital.
Translations Noun

loan (plural loans)

  1. (Scotland) A lonnen.



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