"lending" in the noun sense
1. lending, loaning
disposing of money or property with the expectation that the same thing (or an equivalent) will be returned
"lending" in the verb sense
1. lend, impart, bestow, contribute, add, bring
bestow a quality on
"Her presence lends a certain cachet to the company"
"The music added a lot to the play"
"She brings a special atmosphere to our meetings"
"This adds a light note to the program"
2. lend, loan
give temporarily let have for a limited time
"I will lend you my car"
"loan me some money"
have certain characteristics of qualities for something be open or vulnerable to
"This story would lend itself well to serialization on television"
"The current system lends itself to great abuse"
Source: WordNet® (An amazing lexical database of English)
Princeton University "About WordNet®."
WordNet®. Princeton University. 2010.
View WordNet® License