verb (used without object), leaned or (especially British) leant; lean·ing.
verb (used with object), leaned or (especially British) leant; lean·ing.
- to shift one's body weight forward or toward someone or something: He stood near home plate and leaned in for the pitch.
- to embrace risk, be assertive, etc., as to achieve the greatest level of success in the workplace: She really knows how to lean in—she'll have a corner office before long.
- to exert influence or pressure on in order to gain cooperation, maintain discipline, or the like: The state is leaning on the company to clean up its industrial wastes.
- to criticize, reprimand, or punish: I would have enjoyed school more if the teachers hadn't leaned on me so much.
- leamington spa,
- lean and hungry look,
- lean on,
- lean over backwards,
Origin of lean1
adjective, lean·er, lean·est.
Origin of lean2
Examples from the Web for lean
In 2012, as a 10th grader, Lean says he recorded his first legitimate song, “Hurt.”
The trio formed the Sad Boys collective, with Sherm and Gud on production and Lean manning the mic.
“We broke off shortly after because we were more ambitious,” says Lean.
Our squadron doctor was lean, well muscled, square jawed and blond.
Fully 88 percent of us either identify outright or lean to a party, 47 percent Democrat and 41 percent Republican.
"'Cause if I lean back against the cushion my feet won't touch the stool," she said.Daisy's Work|Joanna H. (Joanna Hooe) Mathews
His dark, scowling face and lean body still bore a military air.Police Your Planet|Lester del Rey
Naturally she was disposed to lean upon her grandfather, but he utterly failed her.The Frontiersmen|Charles Egbert Craddock
Richard Wagner made a living, during four lean years, arranging Italian opera arias for the cornet.Damn!|Henry Louis Mencken
Slightly to one side, the sleek line of a British cruiser was visible, and beyond it a trio of lean, wolfish destroyers.The Caves of Fear|John Blaine
verb leans, leaning, leaned or leant
Word Origin for lean
Word Origin for lean
c.1200, from Old English hleonian "to bend, recline, lie down, rest," from Proto-Germanic *khlinen (cf. Old Saxon hlinon, Old Frisian lena, Middle Dutch lenen, Dutch leunen, Old High German hlinen, German lehnen "to lean"), from PIE root *klei- "to lean, to incline" (cf. Sanskrit srayati "leans," sritah "leaning;" Old Persian cay "to lean;" Lithuanian slyti "to slope," slieti "to lean;" Latin clinare "to lean, bend," clivus "declivity," inclinare "cause to bend," declinare "bend down, turn aside;" Greek klinein "to cause to slope, slant, incline;" Old Irish cloin "crooked, wrong;" Middle Irish cle, Welsh cledd "left," literally "slanting;" Welsh go-gledd "north," literally "left" -- for similar sense evolution, see Yemen, Benjamin, southpaw).
Meaning "to incline the body against something for support" is mid-13c. Figurative sense of "to trust for support" is from early 13c. Sense of "to lean toward mentally, to favor" is from late 14c. Related: Leaned; leaning. Colloquial lean on "put pressure on" (someone) is first recorded 1960.
"thin, spare, with little flesh or fat," c.1200, from Old English hlæne "lean, thin," possibly from hlænan "cause to lean or bend," from Proto-Germanic *khlainijan, which would connect it to Old English hleonian (see lean (v.)). But perhaps rather, according to OED, from a PIE *qloinio- (cf. Lithuanian klynas "scrap, fragment," Lettish kleins "feeble"). Extended and figurative senses from early 14c. The noun meaning "lean animals or persons" is from c.1200, from the adjective.
"action or state of leaning," 1776, from lean (v.).