To lend one's ears
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 have one's ear — Ear Ear, n. [AS. e[ a]re; akin to OFries. [ a]re, [ a]r, OS. ?ra, D. oor, OHG. ?ra, G. ohr, Icel. eyra, Sw. [ o]ra, Dan. [ o]re, Goth. auso, L. auris, Lith. ausis, Russ. ukho, Gr. ?; cf. L. audire to hear, Gr. ?, Skr. av to favor, protect. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To lend an ear — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To give ear to — Ear Ear, n. [AS. e[ a]re; akin to OFries. [ a]re, [ a]r, OS. ?ra, D. oor, OHG. ?ra, G. ohr, Icel. eyra, Sw. [ o]ra, Dan. [ o]re, Goth. auso, L. auris, Lith. ausis, Russ. ukho, Gr. ?; cf. L. audire to hear, Gr. ?, Skr. av to favor, protect. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lend an ear — LISTEN, pay attention, take notice, be attentive, concentrate, (pay) heed; informal be all ears; archaic hearken. → lend * * * (or one s ears) listen sympathetically or attentively the Samaritans lend their ears to those in crisis …   Useful english dictionary

  • lend — v.tr. (past and past part. lent) 1 (usu. foll. by to) grant (to a person) the use of (a thing) on the understanding that it or its equivalent shall be returned. 2 allow the use of (money) at interest. 3 bestow or contribute (something temporary)… …   Useful english dictionary

  • lend — verb (past and past participle lent) 1》 allow (someone) to use (something) on the understanding that it will be returned. 2》 allow (someone) the use of (a sum of money) under an agreement to pay it back later, typically with interest. 3》 give (a… …   English new terms dictionary

  • About the ears — Ear Ear, n. [AS. e[ a]re; akin to OFries. [ a]re, [ a]r, OS. ?ra, D. oor, OHG. ?ra, G. ohr, Icel. eyra, Sw. [ o]ra, Dan. [ o]re, Goth. auso, L. auris, Lith. ausis, Russ. ukho, Gr. ?; cf. L. audire to hear, Gr. ?, Skr. av to favor, protect. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • By the ears — Ear Ear, n. [AS. e[ a]re; akin to OFries. [ a]re, [ a]r, OS. ?ra, D. oor, OHG. ?ra, G. ohr, Icel. eyra, Sw. [ o]ra, Dan. [ o]re, Goth. auso, L. auris, Lith. ausis, Russ. ukho, Gr. ?; cf. L. audire to hear, Gr. ?, Skr. av to favor, protect. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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