verb Chiefly British.
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Definition for leant (2 of 2)
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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Example sentences from the Web for leant
It has now leant its name to a shadowy cabal known within the German meat-processing industry as the Atlantic group.
Almost 50 nations signed on to the so-called “coalition of the willing” and leant at least some small degree of support.
While many of these may have allowed Salt to blend in, they also leant a certain fashion cred to her style.
The Biennale is always quite intense and feverish, but that heat leant an extra intensity, leant a few extra degrees to the fever.
No one else leant over her, and whispered soothing words to her, or was near enough to hear the flutter of her beating heart.Dombey and Son|Charles Dickens
Her shoulders touched him; sometimes she leant against him with a gentle pressure.The Kingdom Round the Corner|Coningsby Dawson
He groaned suddenly and leant forward, supporting his invisible head on invisible hands.The Invisible Man|H. G. Wells
I leant up as one of a tripod of three of us, my face towards the burning city.Bullets & Billets|Bruce Bairnsfather
The silent, hard-faced Hans leant forward and stared up the darkling water, his hand behind his ear.Lysbeth|H. Rider Haggard