To lend a hand
Lend Lend (l[e^]nd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lent} (l[e^]nt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lending}.] [OE. lenen, AS. l[=ae]nan, fr. l[=ae]n loan; akin to G. lehnen to lend. See {Loan}.] 1. To allow the custody and use of, on condition of the return of the same; to grant the temporary use of; as, to lend a book; -- opposed to {borrow}. [1913 Webster]

Give me that ring. I'll lend it thee, my dear, but have no power To give it from me. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To allow the possession and use of, on condition of the return of an equivalent in kind; as, to lend money or some article of food. [1913 Webster]

Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase. --Levit. xxv. 37. [1913 Webster]

3. To afford; to grant or furnish in general; as, to lend assistance; to lend one's name or influence. [1913 Webster]

Cato, lend me for a while thy patience. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

Mountain lines and distant horizons lend space and largeness to his compositions. --J. A. Symonds. [1913 Webster]

4. To let for hire or compensation; as, to lend a horse or gig. [1913 Webster]

Note: This use of the word is rare in the United States, except with reference to money. [1913 Webster]

{To lend a hand}, to give assistance; to help. [Colloq.]

{To lend one's ears} or {To lend an ear}, to give attention. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • To lend a hand — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To bear a hand — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lend a hand — lend a (helping) hand ► to do something that helps a company or person: »The Federal Reserve is expected to lend a hand by continuing to cut interest rates forcefully. Main Entry: ↑lend …   Financial and business terms

  • lend a hand — lend (someone) a hand to help someone do something, especially something that involves physical effort. Could you lend me a hand with these books? He s always willing to lend a hand in the kitchen …   New idioms dictionary

  • To have a hand in — Hand Hand (h[a^]nd), n. [AS. hand, hond; akin to D., G., & Sw. hand, OHG. hant, Dan. haand, Icel. h[ o]nd, Goth. handus, and perh. to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.). Cf. {Hunt}.] 1. That part of the fore limb below the forearm or wrist in …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lend a hand — lend a (helping) hand to help do something. Jay expected his children to lend a hand where they were needed …   New idioms dictionary

  • lend a hand — or[give a hand] also[bear a hand] {v. phr.} To give help; make yourself useful; help. * /The stage manager asked some of the boys to lend a hand with the scenery./ * /Dick saw a woman with a flat tire and offered to give her a hand with it./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lend a hand — or[give a hand] also[bear a hand] {v. phr.} To give help; make yourself useful; help. * /The stage manager asked some of the boys to lend a hand with the scenery./ * /Dick saw a woman with a flat tire and offered to give her a hand with it./… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • lend\ a\ hand — • give a hand • bear a hand v. phr. To give help; make yourself useful; help. The stage manager asked some of the boys to lend a hand with the scenery. Dick saw a woman with a flat tire and offered to give her a hand with it. Compare: lift a… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • lend a hand — I m here to lend a hand with the harvest Syn: help, help out, give a helping hand, assist, give assistance, make a contribution, do one s bit; informal pitch in …   Thesaurus of popular words

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