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English verb: lend

1. lend (possession) bestow a quality on

SamplesHer presence lends a certain cachet to the company.
The music added a lot to the play.
She brings a special atmosphere to our meetings.
This adds a light note to the program.

Synonymsadd, bestow, bring, contribute, impart

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)factor, instill, throw in, tinsel, transfuse

2. lend (possession) give temporarily; let have for a limited time

SamplesI will lend you my car.
Loan me some money.

ExamplesThey lend cars to the tourists, They lend the tourists their cars


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)give

Narrower (hyponym)advance, farm out, hire out, rent out, trust


3. lend (stative) have certain characteristics of qualities for something; be open or vulnerable to

SamplesThis story would lend itself well to serialization on television.
The current system lends itself to great abuse.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)be

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