leant

[ lent ]
/ lɛnt /

verb Chiefly British.

a past participle and simple past tense of lean1.

Definition for leant (2 of 2)

Origin of lean

1
before 900; Middle English lenen, Old English hleonian, hlinian; cognate with G. lehnen; akin to Latin clīnāre to incline, Greek klī́nein
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British Dictionary definitions for leant (1 of 4)

leant

/ (lɛnt) /

verb

a past tense and past participle of lean 1

British Dictionary definitions for leant (2 of 4)

Lean

/ (liːn) /

noun

Sir David. 1908–91, English film director. His films include In Which We Serve (1942), Blithe Spirit (1945), Brief Encounter (1946), Great Expectations (1946), Oliver Twist (1948), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Dr Zhivago (1965), and A Passage to India (1984)

British Dictionary definitions for leant (3 of 4)

lean

1
/ (liːn) /

verb leans, leaning, leaned or leant

(foll by against, on, or upon) to rest or cause to rest against a support
to incline or cause to incline from a vertical position
(intr; foll by to or towards) to have or express a tendency or leaning
lean over backwards informal to make a special effort, esp in order to please

noun

the condition of inclining from a vertical position
See also lean on

Word Origin for lean

Old English hleonian, hlinian; related to Old High German hlinēn, Latin clīnāre to incline

British Dictionary definitions for leant (4 of 4)

lean

2
/ (liːn) /

adjective

noun

the part of meat that contains little or no fat
Derived Formsleanly, adverbleanness, noun

Word Origin for lean

Old English hlǣne, of Germanic origin
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