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Borrow / Lend / Loan
Lend Used only as a verb and is sometimes synonymous with the word 'loan'.
It means to allow someone to use something temporarily : Banks lend money.
'Lend' can also be used figuratively: Lend me your ears = Listen to me.
Loan 'Loan' is most commonly used as a noun.
It usually refers to a sum of money that we must pay back with interest:
I'm going to take out a loan at the bank.
We can also use it as a verb (the opposite of 'borrow'): Yes, I will loan you the laptop.
(Note: 'Loan' is also used as a synonym for 'lend' in North American English.)
Borrow It means using something that belongs to someone with the intention of returning it:
I need to borrow some money.
BORROW means 'to take' while LEND / LOAN mean 'to give'.
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