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lend a sympathetic ear vi.
prêter une oreille attentive

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Collaborative Dictionary     English-French
trouver une oreille attentive
pr. part
trouvant une oreille attentive
pr. part
prêtant une oreille attentive
oreille attentive
donner un coup de main
donner un coup de main
donner un coup de main
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     ( lent    pt, pp  )
     [+money, possessions]   prêter  
→ The bank is reassessing its criteria for lending money.        
to lend sth to sb, to lend sb sth      prêter qch à qn  
→ Will you lend me your jacket?        
→ I had to lend him ten pounds to take his children to the pictures.        
→ Can you lend me the car?        
I can lend you some money.      Je peux te prêter de l'argent.  
to lend dignity to sth      conférer de la dignité à qch  
The uniforms lent a certain dignity to the ceremony.      Les uniformes conféraient une certaine dignité à la cérémonie.  
→ Enthusiastic applause lent a sense of occasion to the proceedings.        
to lend credence to sth      ajouter foi à qch  
Empirical studies lend credence to his ideas.      Des études empiriques ajoutent foi à ses idées.  
to lend one's support to sth      apporter son soutien à qch  
→ He lent his support to the abolition of existing divorce laws.        
→ he lent his support to the idea of a Union of Soviet Socialist States        
→ She put a smile on her face and went to lend moral support to Lyn.        
     (reflexive)    it lends itself to ...      cela se prête bien à ...  
→ The room lends itself well to summer eating.        
→ The very landscape seems to lend itself to dour Calvinism.        
→ His work does not conform to a single style or lend itself to easy classification.        
problems which do not lend themselves to simple solutions      des problèmes qui ne se prêtent pas bien à des solutions simples  
Translation English - French Collins Dictionary  
See also:

lender, led, lending, legend

"lend a sympathetic ear": examples and translations in context
The least she could do is lend a sympathetic ear. Elle peut bien lui prêter l'oreille.
... letter, innocent victims who phone, fax, e-mail and drop by my constituency office. There is nothing that they nor I can do to really help these victims. They certainly lend a sympathetic ear and I try to be the voice of those victims in Ottawa. Other than that there is precious little we can do to ease the suffering. ... téléphone, par fax ou par courrier électronique et passent les voir au bureau de ma circonscription. Comme moi, ils ne peuvent rien faire pour les aider. Ils les écoutent d'une oreille compatissante et j'essaie de me faire leur porte-parole à Ottawa. À part cela, nous ne pouvons pas faire grand-chose pour apaiser leurs souffrances.
Ms. Francine Lalonde: Mr. Chairman, I think that is an interesting question. In fact, the response of the new minister, who seemed to lend a sympathetic ear to the question, gives us no guarantee of this. That is what I was trying to say, that Canadian soldiers ought not to be in a position to hand prisoners over to the Americans and their courts, where they are liable to the death penalty. They are in a situation where they have no choice but to hand them over. It is therefore regrettable that we are in a situation where we cannot vote and consequently cannot require a clear response and perhaps some guarantees and changes so as to avoid this situation. Mme Francine Lalonde: Monsieur le Président, je pense que c'est une question intéressante. En fait, la réponse du nouveau ministre, qui avait l'air d'être sympathique à la question, ne nous donne aucune garantie à cet effet. C'est cela que je me suis employée à dire, soit...
The year 2001 reminded us that it is up to the better-off on this planet to lend an ear and listen, but also to share our perceptions and our understanding of the reality that surrounds us. L'année 2001 nous a rappelé qu'il appartient aux plus riches de cette Terre de tendre l'oreille, d'écouter mais aussi de partager nos perceptions et notre compréhension de la réalité qui nous entoure.
The most precious ways to share these gifts are the simplest, and the most appreciated: a word of welcome, a helping hand, an encouraging smile, a sympathetic ear, a respectful attitude, a generous heart. La meilleure façon de partager ce cadeau est à la fois la plus simple et la plus appréciée : une parole d'accueil, une main tendue, un sourire de réconfort, une oreille attentive, une attitude de respect, un cœur généreux.
The undue influence of those who hold the purse strings is a reality. No one would like to waste considerable sums of money without the assurance of gaining a sympathetic ear. And that sometimes means undue benefits. L'influence indue de celui qui finance est une réalité. Personne n'aimerait gaspiller des sommes d'argent importantes si cela ne lui assurait pas une audience privilégiée. Qui dit audience privilégiée parle de bénéfices indus quelquefois.
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