- 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
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synonym study for lean
OTHER WORDS FROM leanleanly, adverbleanness, noun
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How to use lean in a sentence
“Demographic change is likely a big part of the story, combined with higher participation from some of the faster-growing groups,” said Tom Bonier, who runs a Democratic-leaning political data firm called TargetSmart.
The coronavirus crisis only amplified this trend, and publishers have leaned into their communities in 2020 unlike never before.Deep Dive: How the future of publishing is taking shape in the ongoing coronavirus crisis era|Pierre Bienaimé|November 17, 2020|Digiday
Masks and Lysol and computer screens have no place in the famous Norman Rockwell painting Freedom from Want, the classic portrayal of a American family feast in a sunlit dining room, with smiling faces leaning in way, way, closer than six feet.
So for those prone to paranoia, there’s the Floorwork and Low Flow category which, as the name suggests, leans heavy on the space around the pole and nothing on the actual pole higher than the dancer’s raised hands.Know Your Flow: The Good Sh*t Guide to Pole Passions|Eugene Robinson|November 12, 2020|Ozy
Beyond the state’s overall Republican lean, lower turnout and the makeup of the runoff electorate have been major pluses for Republicans.Georgia’s Runoffs Will Determine Control Of The Senate. Here’s What We Know So Far.|Nathaniel Rakich (email@example.com)|November 11, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
He spread his hands, long and almost transparent in their leanness, and on his face a cloud of sorrow rested.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
In this same class might also be found leanness and slimness, which form a class different from the four preceding ideas.Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3|Plotinos (Plotinus)
There is, of course, a certain kind of leanness which is the result of ill health.
That is not the kind of leanness that I mean, but the active, wiry leanness, which sometimes lives a hundred years.
God gave her that to which she aspired, and which so many envy; but "He sent leanness into her soul."Beacon Lights of History, Volume VII|John Lord