lend (oneself) to (something)

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lend (oneself) to (something)

To give one's talent, skills, or effort to assist in some task, project, endeavor, etc. The famous actor is lending herself to the charity drive, promising to match the total amount donated dollar for dollar. I've lent myself to a new TV show as a writing consultant.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

lend oneself or itself to something

Fig. [for someone or something] to be adaptable to something; [for someone or something] to be useful for something. This room doesn't lend itself to bright colors. John doesn't lend himself to casual conversation. I don't think that this gown lends itself to outdoor occasions.
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lend something to someone

to make a loan of something to someone. Never lend money to a friend. Would you be able to lend your coat to Fred?
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

lend (itself) to

To accommodate or offer itself to; be suitable for: "The presidency does not lend itself to on the job training" (Joe Biden).
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"I am here to protest from the bottom of my soul against such a cruel recommendation as has come from the MFGB [Miners' Federation of Great Britain] conference that we should lend ourselves to be policemen over and to dragoon our own men by fining them for not attending their work."
Sometimes we lend ourselves to false hope that we're playing well.
There is a mellowness of memory as well as a consciousness of a threatened future: "somewhere in that silent understanding / we lend ourselves to one another / knowing survival would be impossible / without it" ("Somewhere in the Eastern Sahara").
His May 1981 col umn provides a characteristic example: "What I like most about Schnabel's work is not the work so much but his sheer o'er-arching, knock-your eyes-out folly....Schnabel's protracted-adolescent self-dramatization seems vivifying, 'wow,' risk-filled in a way that allows for a shared exuberance we are perhaps only too happy to lend ourselves to, a certain self-deluding collusive participation."