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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old Norse
Origin: lan

loan

1 noun
     
Related topics: Loans
loan1 S2 W2
1 [countable] an amount of money that you borrow from a bank etcCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
take out a loan (=borrow money) repay/pay off/pay back a loan (=give back money you have borrowed) make a loan American English (=give someone a loan) bank loan (=money lent by a bank) car/home loan (=a loan to buy a car etc) personal loan (=money lent to an individual) business loan (=money lent to a business) student loan (=money lent to students to pay for university) interest-free loan (=a loan on which you only repay the amount you borrowed) loan repayment
loan of
a loan of £60,000
I had to take out a loan to buy my car.
It'll be years before we've paid off the loan.
The organization was allowed to make loans to private businesses.
I'll get a bank loan if necessary.
The average home loan is now almost triple what it was at the beginning of the Eighties.
An interest-free loan fund is available for students who find themselves in unforeseen financial difficulty.
They were unable to keep up with their loan repayments.
2 [singular] when you lend something to someone
loan of
Thanks for the loan of your camera.
3

on loan (from somebody/something)

if something or someone is on loan, they have been borrowed:
The book I wanted was out on loan.
paintings on loan from the Louvre
Cantona initially went on loan to Leeds United.

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