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Meaning & Definition of Lean in English

English

Lean

/lin/

noun

1. The property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical

  • "The tower had a pronounced tilt"
  • "The ship developed a list to starboard"
  • "He walked with a heavy inclination to the right"
    synonym:
  • tilt
  • ,
  • list
  • ,
  • inclination
  • ,
  • lean
  • ,
  • leaning

verb

1. To incline or bend from a vertical position

  • "She leaned over the banister"
    synonym:
  • lean
  • ,
  • tilt
  • ,
  • tip
  • ,
  • slant
  • ,
  • angle

2. Cause to lean or incline

  • "He leaned his rifle against the wall"
    synonym:
  • lean

3. Have a tendency or disposition to do or be something

  • Be inclined
  • "She tends to be nervous before her lectures"
  • "These dresses run small"
  • "He inclined to corpulence"
    synonym:
  • tend
  • ,
  • be given
  • ,
  • lean
  • ,
  • incline
  • ,
  • run

4. Rely on for support

  • "We can lean on this man"
    synonym:
  • lean

5. Cause to lean to the side

  • "Erosion listed the old tree"
    synonym:
  • list
  • ,
  • lean

adjective

1. Lacking excess flesh

  • "You can't be too rich or too thin"
  • "Yon cassius has a lean and hungry look"-shakespeare
    synonym:
  • thin
  • ,
  • lean

2. Lacking in mineral content or combustible material

  • "Lean ore"
  • "Lean fuel"
    synonym:
  • lean

3. Containing little excess

  • "A lean budget"
  • "A skimpy allowance"
    synonym:
  • lean
  • ,
  • skimpy

4. Not profitable or prosperous

  • "A lean year"
    synonym:
  • lean

Examples of using

He has a strong shoulder for you to lean on.
You lean on your parents too much. You must be more independent.
If you want to avoid cholesterol, eat lean meat with no fat.