Lend or Borrow?
The Quick AnswerWhat is the difference between lend and borrow?
To lend means to give something to someone for a short time. Example:
- Can you lend me your car?
- May I borrow your car?
Lend or Borrow?The verbs to lend and to borrow have similar meanings. The only difference is the direction. Many English speakers (native and non-native) confuse the two.
LendThe verb to lend means to allow or give permission for someone to have or use something on the condition it is returned.
- A bank is a place where they lend you an umbrella in fair weather and ask for it back when it begins to rain.
- If Givenchy is going to lend me a dress, I'm not going to turn it down.
BorrowThe verb to borrow means to obtain or take something from another person with the expectation it will be returned to its original owner.
- A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children.
- A nation's strength ultimately consists in what it can do on its own, and not in what it can borrow from others.