lean


lean
lean1 S3 [li:n] v past tense and past participle leaned or leant [lent] especially BrE
[: Old English; Origin: hleonian]
1.) [I always + adverb/preposition]
to move or bend your body in a particular direction
lean forward/back/over etc
They were leaning forward, facing each other.
Lean back and enjoy the ride.
She leant towards him and listened.
2.) [I always + adverb/preposition]
to support yourself in a sloping position against a wall or other surface
lean against/on
He was leaning on the bridge, watching the boats go by.
3.) [I,T always + adverb/preposition]
to put something in a sloping position where it is supported, or to be in that position
lean (sth) against/on sth
A huge mirror was leaning against the wall.
He leant his bicycle against the fence.
4.)
to slope or bend from an upright position
trees leaning in the wind
lean on [lean on sb] [i]phr v
1.) to depend on someone for support and encouragement, especially at a difficult time
The couple lean on each other for support.
2.) informal to try to influence someone, especially by threatening them
They won't pay unless you lean on them.
lean towards [lean towards sth] phr v
to tend to support, or begin to support, a particular set of opinions, beliefs etc
Canada, the UK and Japan leant towards the US view.
lean 2
lean2 adj
[: Old English; Origin: hlAne]
1.) thin in a healthy and attractive way
He was lean, tall, and muscular.
see usage notethin1
2.) lean meat does not have much fat on it
≠ ↑fatty
3.) a lean organization, company etc uses only as much money and as many people as it needs, so that nothing is wasted
4.) a lean period is a very difficult time because there is not enough money, business etc
His wife was a source of constant support during the lean years .
>leanness n [U]

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