- to shift one's body weight forward or toward someone or something: Because Don was whispering, I had to lean in so I could hear him.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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OTHER WORDS FOR lean
Origin of lean2
synonym study for lean
OTHER WORDS FROM leanleanly, adverbleanness, noun
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How to use lean in a sentence
Freed from her guitar, but wearing counterintuitive pumps, she leaned back like a trapeze artist.
My partner got in the “tub” first and I leaned back on her so she could give me the old reacharound.
He pressed a hollow shell casing into my palm and leaned towards my ear, “I PICKED IT UP FROM THE BEDROOM!”
Jimbo and I sat next to each other, Indian style, and leaned against the stack of black Hefty bags and electronics.
An older and firmly round fellow with a trim beard leaned his head back and fought off tears.
When we were mounted Mac leaned over and muttered an admonitory word for Piegan's ear alone.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
The Seneschal leaned back, and was concerned to feel his pulses throbbing a shade too quickly.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
The baron turned full upon him, and leaned his shoulders against the iron door of the recess.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
And Tony leaned over as he talked, bringing their lips within whispering distance.
He leaned against that same stone column, thinking, searching in his mind, feeling acutely.