lend a sympathetic ear
prêter une oreille attentive
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lend ( 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.
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
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