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.
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
The marquis, with his leanness and small crafty-looking head, reminded him exactly of a long green grasshopper.The Fortune of the Rougons|Emile Zola
He then abused me for my leanness, and admired the Taleb (Overweg), because he had more flesh on his bones.
The old age of Pantaloon is marked by his leanness, and his spectacles and his slippers.A History of Pantomime|R. J. Broadbent
His leanness was the leanness of muscular strength and condition, his face was full of vigour and determination.The Evil Shepherd|E. Phillips Oppenheim
At the same time, he felt dull and deserted; he knew what it was to have his desire, and leanness in his soul.Frances Kane's Fortune|L. T. Meade