lend itself to (something)

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lend itself to (something)

To be suited for something, especially some kind of purpose or use. This fabric really lends itself to evening wear. The chefs are always looking for versatile ingredients that lend themselves to many dishes.
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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

Adapt to, be suitable for. For example, The Bible lends itself to numerous interpretations, or This plot of land lends itself to a variety of uses. [Mid-1800s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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The background lent itself to allusions to European scenes; and May, who was looking her loveliest under a wide-brimmed hat that cast a shadow of mystery over her too-clear eyes, kindled into eagerness as he spoke of Granada and the Alhambra.
I had been used to the pleasures of variety, to the luxury and stir of life in Paris; it was only when I had overcome my first repugnance that I saw the advantages of this existence; how it lent itself to continuity of thought and to involuntary meditation; how a life in which the heart has undisturbed sway seems to widen and grow vast as the sea.
only room which had not lent itself to examination.
Summary: New Delhi [India], August 24 (ANI): The phenomenon of social media obsession has lent itself to many a stories and now it lends itself to a full-fledged thriller titled 'Social'.
"They trusted him as a human and it lent itself to this idea I created in fiction."
The slabs' rectilinear shape lent itself to several other abstract paintings in which the various forms, now divorced from any narrative context, filled the canvas from edge to edge.
In spite of - or indeed perhaps because of - its awkwardness, the site's shape lent itself to division into different areas, and to spatial drama.
No doubt about it, despite (or maybe because of) its high seriousness, the school has lent itself to vapid posturing; an element of camp was bound to creep in.
Sir, - What a pity that when controversy was raging over the location of the Millennium Dome, no one had the inspiration to foresee the tremendous potential of a site in the centre of the country which could have lent itself to development for a national stadium, rather than remain one of the most expensive white elephants in history.
While we felt that the re-creation of an "urban" environment within the suburban context of New Rochelle would work, at the same time, we felt that the location, only 25 miles outside of New York, better lent itself to a more anonymous architectural interpretation of urban life, somewhat idealized, but certainly familiar.
CuraGen's story is not unique; for most of last year and the beginning of this year, the convertible market lent itself to growth stories, notes Tom Sugiura, vice president and convertible bond analyst at Bear Stearns.
Their triangular positioning also lent itself to a strong rebounding cup (Diag.
Its constant repetition lent itself to a prayerful trance a state of meditation that brought peace and comfort to the heart.
It proved faster than previous methods and lent itself to group efforts.
The original game was based on the roll of dice - a concept that lent itself to any form of racing.