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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Idioms for lean
Origin of lean1
Definition for lean (2 of 3)
adjective, lean·er, lean·est.
SYNONYMS FOR lean
Origin of lean2
synonym study for lean
OTHER WORDS FROM leanleanly, adverbleanness, noun
Definition for lean (3 of 3)
Example sentences from the Web for lean
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!”
As that clip played, Camille leaned over and gave her husband a playful poke in the ribs.
When he opened the door, he leaned on his oxygen tank as police shone a spotlight on him.'Go Ahead and Shoot Me': The Veteran Who Defied Ferguson's Cops|Justin Glawe|August 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She leaned toward him, and to poor Tom she looked the incarnation of enticing loveliness.A Book o' Nine Tales.|Arlo Bates
As he watched the front of the truck, Jake, who stood a few feet to one side, leaned out and seized his shoulder.Brandon of the Engineers|Harold Bindloss
Priscilla leaned over the gunwale and stared long at the boat which Frank pointed out.Priscilla's Spies|George A. Birmingham
Against the back of the cushioned settle where they sat she leaned a weary head, and frankly let her fringed lids droop.Queed|Henry Sydnor Harrison
The latter, looking at Pellisson, leaned upon the surintendante, and pressed the icy hand of the Marquise de Belliere.The Vicomte de Bragelonne|Alexandre Dumas