lends; lent/ˈlɛnt/; lending lends; lent/ˈlɛnt/; lending
Learner's definition of LEND
1 a [+ object] : to give (something) to (someone) to be used for a period of time and then returned
b : to give (money) to someone who agrees to pay it back in the future
She often lends us books. = She often lends books to us.
Could you lend me your pen? [=could I borrow your pen?]
I lent our ladder to the neighbors.
2 [+ object] : to make (something) available to (someone or something)
They offered to lend us their services. [=to provide us with their services]
They are glad to lend their support to worthy causes.
It's surprising that he would lend his name to such a venture. [=that he would allow his name to be associated with such a venture]
3 a : to add (something that is needed or wanted) to (something)
b : to provide (something that is needed or wanted)
A bit of grated carrot lends some color to the dish. = A bit of grated carrot lends the dish some color.
A growing amount of evidence lends weight/credence/credibility to their theory. [=makes their theory seem true or correct]
lend itself to
◊ Something that lends itself to a purpose is good or suitable for that purpose.