lean

lean
I UK [liːn] / US [lɪn] verb
Word forms "lean":
present tense I/you/we/they lean he/she/it leans present participle leaning past tense leaned UK [liːnd] / US [lɪnd] or leant UK [lent] / US past participle leaned or leant
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1) [intransitive] to move your body so it is closer to or further from someone or something, for example by bending at the waist
lean forward/back/towards/across etc:

The other girl leaned forward to hear what was going on.

I leaned over her shoulder to study the maps spread out on the table.

Bigelow leaned across the desk and lowered his voice.

2)
a) [intransitive] to stand or be set at an angle against something for support instead of being upright

Two of the walls lean slightly inwards.

lean against:

Corey leaned against the apple tree.

lean on:

He walked in, leaning heavily on a cane.

b) [transitive] to put something at an angle against something for support
lean something against something:

John leaned his rake against the side of the barn.

3) [intransitive] to tend to choose or support something
lean towards/to/in favour of:

She is leaning towards supporting military action.

The board of directors is leaning in favour of supporting the merger.

lean in the direction of something:

The decision to increase the budget hasn't been made, but the committee is leaning in that direction.

Phrasal verbs:
II UK [liːn] / US [lɪn] adjective
Word forms "lean":
adjective lean comparative leaner superlative leanest
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1) thin and looking physically fit and healthy

He was lean and tanned.

2) lean meat has very little fat in it

a lean cut of beef

3) a lean business spends as little money and employs as few workers as possible so that it will make a good profit
4) a lean period of time is very difficult to live in because many people lack money or other necessary things

the lean years of the Depression

5) a lean crop, harvest etc is very small

III UK [liːn] / US [lɪn] noun
1) [uncountable] meat that has very little fat in it
2) [singular/uncountable] a slope, or an angle

a forward lean of the body


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