W3S3 [lend] v past tense and past participle lent [lent]
[: Old English; Origin: lAnan, from lAn; LOAN1]
a) [T]
to let someone borrow money or something that belongs to you for a short time
→↑borrow lend sth to sb
I lent my CD player to Dave and I haven't got it back yet.
lend sb sth
The hospital agreed to lend us a wheelchair.
Can you lend me £10 until tomorrow?
b) [I and T]
if a bank or financial institution lends money, it lets someone have it on condition that they pay it back later, often gradually, with an additional amount as ↑interest
The government is trying to encourage the banks to lend more.
lend sth to sb
A lot of banks are unwilling to lend money to new businesses.
lend sb sth
The building society agreed to lend us £60,000.
2.) lend (sb) a hand
to help someone do something, especially something that needs physical effort
Can you lend me a hand with this?
3.) [T] formal
to give a situation, event etc a particular quality
lend sth to sth
The presence of members of the royal family lent a certain dignity to the ceremony.
4.) lend an ear
to listen to someone, especially in a sympathetic way
He's always prepared to lend a sympathetic ear.
5.) lend itself to sth
to be suitable for being used in a particular way
None of her books really lends itself to being made into a film.
6.) lend (your) support (to sth)
to support or help someone
The government has now lent its support to the campaign.
7.) lend weight/support to sth
to make an opinion or belief seem more likely to be correct
The police have new evidence which lends weight to their theory.
8.) lend your name to sth
to announce publicly that you support something that someone is trying to do
The French prime minister has now lent his name to the protest.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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