Lean meaning

lēn
Lean is defined as to incline, bend or rest on.

An example of lean is for an injured athlete to rest on his teammates as he hobbles to the sidelines.

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To incline the weight of the body so as to be supported.

Leaning against the doorpost.

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To have a tendency or preference.

A government that leans toward fascism.

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To exert pressure.

The boss is leaning on us to meet the deadline.

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To set or place so as to be resting or supported.

Leaned the ladder against the wall.

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Meat with little or no fat.
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To cause to incline.

Leaned the boards so the rain would run off.

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A tilt or an inclination away from the vertical.
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To bend or deviate from an upright position; stand at a slant; incline.
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To bend or incline the body so as to rest part of one's weight upon or against something.

He leaned on the desk.

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To depend for encouragement, aid, etc.; rely (on or upon)
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To have a particular mental inclination; tend (toward or to a certain opinion, attitude, etc.)
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To cause to lean.

To lean one's head back; lean the ladder against the house.

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The act or condition of leaning; inclination; slant.
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With little flesh or fat; thin; spare.
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Containing little or no fat.
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Lacking in richness, profit, productivity, etc.; meager.
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Deficient in some quality or substance.

A lean mixture in the carburetor.

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Characterized by brevity, incisiveness, directness, etc.

A lean writing style.

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Characterized by economy and efficiency achieved as by eliminating waste, cutting labor costs, shortening lead times, etc.
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Meat containing little or no fat.
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1908-91; Brit. film director.
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To incline, deviate, or bend, from a vertical position; to be in a position thus inclining or deviating.

A leaning column.

She leaned out of the window.

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To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; with to, toward, etc.

I'm leaning towards voting Conservative in the next election.

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To rest or rely, for support, comfort, etc.; with on, upon, or against.
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To hang outwards.
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To press against.
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(of a person or animal) Slim; not fleshy.
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(of meat) Having little fat.
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Having little extra or little to spare; scanty; meagre.

A lean budget; a lean harvest.

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Of a fuel-air mixture, having more air than is necessary to burn all of the fuel; more air- or oxygen- rich than necessary for a stoichiometric reaction.
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(printing, archaic) Of a character which prevents the compositor from earning the usual wages; opposed to fat.

Lean copy, matter, or type.

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To thin out (a fuel-air mixture): to reduce the fuel flow into the mixture so that there is more air or oxygen.
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The definition of lean is with little fat.

An example of lean is a piece of fish.

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To bend or slant away from the vertical.
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To rely for assistance or support.

Lean on me for help.

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lean on
  • To pressure, as by using influence or through intimidation.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of lean

  • Middle English lenen from Old English hleonian klei- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English lene from Old English hlǣne

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English lenen (“to lean"), from Old English hleonian, hlinian (“to lean, recline, lie down, rest"), from Proto-Germanic *hlinōnÄ… (“to lean, incline"), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱley-. Cognate via Proto-Germanic with Middle Dutch lenen (“to lean"), German lehnen (“to lean"); via Proto-Indo-European with climate, cline.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English lene (“lean"), from Old English hlÇ£ne (“lean"), perhaps from Old English hlÇ£nan (“to cause to lean", in the sense of "to cause to bend or lean due to hunger or lack of food"), from Proto-Germanic *hlainijanÄ… (“to cause to lean"). If so, then related to Old English hlinian, hleonian (“to lean").

    From Wiktionary

  • Icelandic leyna?; akin to German word for "deny". Compare lie (“speak falsely").

    From Wiktionary