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lend color to something

Fig. to provide an interesting accompaniment for something. Your clever comments lent a great deal of color to the slide show of your vacation. The excellent master of ceremonies will lend color to an otherwise dry panel discussion.
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lend color to

Embellish, especially to give the appearance of truth. For example, I'm sure he lied about reaching the summit; that detailed account about losing his pack merely lent color to the story . This expression uses color in the sense of "appearance of authenticity." [Late 1700s]
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Like beta carotene, lycopene is one of a group of pigments called carotenoids, which are naturally occurring compounds that give color to fruits and vegetables, but are not created by the human body.
Melanoma is a cancer of the melanocytes (mel-AN-oh-sites), the cells that give color to our skin and hair.
Three different pigments - chlorophyll, flavonoids, and carotenoids - mixed in different proportions, give color to flowers.
They have also experienced the creative process of relief printmaking and combined several different media to give color to their own inventions.
And I wondered what life would be like without them around to give time to the day, to give color to the seasons, to mark the passing of my life.