Definition of lend an ear in English:

lend an ear

(also lend one's ears)

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  • Listen sympathetically or attentively.

    ‘the Samaritans lend their ears to those in crisis’
    • ‘Let her know that you don't necessarily expect her to fix everything for you - you just want her to lend an ear.’
    • ‘The others in the group generally lend their ears, some slurping steaming hot tea from squat hexagonal glasses.’
    • ‘But for some semblance of camaraderie, lend an ear to their tales of woe.’
    • ‘The two sitting Conservative Ward Councillors work very hard on local issues and are always ready to lend an ear or a helping hand.’
    • ‘Besides, a true friend is always ready to lend an ear when a person is under too much stress to handle.’
    • ‘Whenever I needed to talk about Aaron, which I admit was often, he always lent an ear.’
    • ‘They lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open their hearts to us.’
    • ‘He wanted to lend an ear but this wasn't part of the bargain.’
    • ‘‘I killed my son, and my wife's leaving me’ he sobs at regular intervals to anyone that will lend an ear.’
    • ‘If you need any help getting started, I would be happy to lend an ear or a hand.’
    listen, keep one's ears open, prick up one's ears
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