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.
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Definition for lean (2 of 3)
adjective, lean·er, lean·est.
Origin of lean2
SYNONYMS FOR lean
OTHER WORDS FROM leanlean·ly, adverblean·ness, noun
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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