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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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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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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Such simple things as these are too slight, moreover, to build into a system; there is nothing wonderful about them, they do not lend themselves to theories; it is their misfortune to be merely practically useful.
He was smiling all the time, but his deep-set eyes did not lend themselves to the expression of whimsical politeness which he tried to achieve.
In the second place, much of our thinking is concerned with abstract matters which do not readily lend themselves to imagery, and are apt to be falsely conceived if we insist upon finding images that may be supposed to represent them.
But as dance critics or reviewers--and most of us play both roles at different times-we all have problems in describings things, or our reaction to things, that do not lend themselves to description, and certainly not to brevity.
95, ISBN 0-393-05946-4 Significant books lend themselves to revisitation and revision on numerous, successive occasions.
Char's creative writing teacher refers to facts, people, and events in life as grist: details that lend themselves to good creative writing.
There are two other Podocarpus types, in addition to `Icee Blue,' that especially lend themselves to container growing.
A lot of them have a set of cultural beliefs that do not lend themselves to defending free markets.
These types of inexpensive but important products well lend themselves to the coordinative acquisition process.
Robert Rosenbloom, vice president of business development for iCongo, a Boston-based virtual trade show provider, says that certain industries and products lend themselves to the application better than others.
Maybe this strategy only works once; cultural icons, from the Sydney Opera House to the Pompidou, do not generally lend themselves to replication.
The Justice and Peace Commission of Pakistan's bishops' conference has said that the blasphemy laws lend themselves to abuse.
The delicate nature of the work makes us better construction professionals, with skills that lend themselves to many types of projects.
Another significant development in the late 1990s was "true 3D" simulation, which for the first time made it possible to model accurately thick, solid parts that did not lend themselves to 2.
Some books simply do not lend themselves to a brief review.