One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘I'll lend you my towel’
loan, give someone the loan of, let someone use, let someone have the use of
British informal sub
2‘these examples lend weight to his assertions’
add, impart, give, bestow, confer, provide, grant, supply, furnish, accord, offer, contribute, afford, bring, donate
listen, keep one's ears open, prick up one's ears
pay attention, take notice, be attentive, attend, concentrate, heed, pay heed, give ear, give one's undivided attention
be all ears, pin back one's ears
‘an agricultural student who had come to lend a hand with the harvest’
help, help out, give a helping hand, assist, give assistance, aid, make a contribution, do someone a favour, take part, do one's bit
pitch in, muck in, get stuck in, get involved
‘the landscape does not lend itself to long-distance walking or riding’
be suitable for, be suited to, be appropriate for, be adaptable to, have the right characteristics for, be applicable for, be easily used for, be readily used for, be serviceable for
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