Definition of on loan in English:

on loan


  • 1(of a thing) being borrowed.

    ‘the painting is at present on loan to the gallery’
    • ‘Since then, it has travelled on loan to more than a dozen other opera companies throughout North America.’
    • ‘The watch is on loan to the exhibition from a leading UK collector.’
    • ‘It had been on loan to the Galleries since the 1950s but that was not long enough to qualify for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.’
    • ‘It would have been there on loan to her, but on her death would have gone back.’
    • ‘I was extremely happy to discover that the video she wanted was on loan to somebody else, meaning she has to go on a hike to pick it up.’
    • ‘The mercurial winger has been the subject of a summer of speculation since being shipped out on loan to Reading in April.’
    • ‘He added that if his son Richard did not want to keep it after inheritance the piece may also go back on loan to be enjoyed by the people of the city.’
    • ‘By happenstance, it is on loan to the American museum circuit, so I did not get to see it.’
    • ‘The ship's bell and name boards are now on loan to the island of Alderney for display in the local museum.’
    • ‘The following works have already gone out or will be going out on loan from the Museum in the months to come.’
    1. 1.1(of a worker or sports player) released to another organization or team, typically for an agreed fixed period.
      ‘Both went on loan to several clubs before leaving permanently.’
      • ‘They have had to go out on loan to make sure they get more experience.’
      • ‘He went on loan to Blackpool but they had two cup matches in that time and Sunderland wouldn't allow him to play in them.’
      • ‘He was given 18 games, before being shunted off on loan to Lille, where he remains.’
      • ‘At the moment he is on loan to Coventry from Liverpool until the end of the season.’
      • ‘It was his decision to go on loan to Ayr because he wanted first-team football.’
      • ‘She came from a small town in Arkansas and was on loan to the British Army as a cryptographer.’
      • ‘I could let him go on loan to get some first team football so that he could come back here and play a part in our last few games.’
      • ‘I went on loan to Sheffield Wednesday to keep myself in the shop window.’
      • ‘I had made seven appearances for Blackburn but then got injured and went out on loan to Colchester.’