EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LENT
But the damage would not have happened if Will had not lent the boat to me.
Lent her by Father Christopher of the priory, forsooth—that is ever her answer.
And the books are lent to any person in each section who wishes to read them?
The officers came down at night, and lent us a hand with the work.
What may we not do with them, if it were not for the season of Lent?
Further, it lent a reasonable justification for his purposed act.
These mince pies may be eaten by persons who refrain from meat in Lent.
By the by, you will want the five thousand pounds you lent me?
I had saved nine hundred francs, and Madame Gurard lent me six hundred.
I have no quarrel with the suit which your father has lent me.
late 14c., short for Lenten (n.) "forty days before Easter" (early 12c.), from Old English lencten "springtime, spring," the season, also "the fast of Lent," from West Germanic *langa-tinaz "long-days" (cf. Old Saxon lentin, Middle Dutch lenten, Old High German lengizin manoth), from *lanngaz (root of Old English lang "long;" see long (adj.)) + *tina-, a root meaning "day" (cf. Gothic sin-teins "daily"), cognate with Old Church Slavonic dini, Lithuanian diena, Latin dies "day" (see diurnal).
the compound probably refers to the increasing daylight. Cf. similar form evolution in Dutch lente (Middle Dutch lentin), German Lenz (Old High German lengizin) "spring." Church sense of "period between Ash Wednesday and Easter" is peculiar to English.