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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Judge Peter Cooke told Rehman: "Notwithstanding your youth and your lack of antecedents, it is apparent that you had lent yourself to a class A drug dealing enterprise in which, no doubt for a reward, you were prepared to play the role of courier.
"You lent yourself to a sophisticated enterprise to obtain relatively substantial amounts of cash from financial institutions," he told him.
'The reality is that instead of facing the decline in a more appropriate way you lent yourself to a devious system of dishonest schemes.
He said: "I have regard for the basis of your plea, but you lent yourself to an evil trade."
Recorder Peter Cooke told 58-year-old Douglas McMinn: "You lent yourself to a thoroughly dishonest enterprise.
Judge James Pyke, who ordered the plants and equipment to be destroyed, told him: "The circumstances point to you having been exploited by others, but you accepted that you lent yourself to a substantial commercial operation."