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parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: leans, leaning, leaned
definition 1: to bend or incline.
He leaned backwards as the large man pushed by him.The lamp post leaned toward the street.
bend, cant, incline, pitch, slant, slope, tilt, tip
similar words:
angle, bow, droop, hang, slouch, slump
definition 2: to prop oneself against something or be supported by it.
There was nowhere to sit, so he leaned against the wall.Don't lean on that little table. It's fragile.She leaned on my shoulder as we walked into the emergency room.
similar words:
loll, recline, repose, rest
definition 3: to favor (often fol. by "toward").
Voters seem to be leaning toward the other candidate now.They like a showy style, but we lean toward simplicity.
incline, tend toward
similar words:
elect, favor, gravitate, prefer, sway
definition 4: to depend.
As he's gotten older, he's begun to lean on his son for help around the house.I know you want to help him, but don't let him lean on you too much.
count on, depend, rely
similar words:
bank on, hang
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to incline.
She leaned her head forward to hear better.
angle, bend, bow, cant, incline, slant, slope, tilt
similar words:
droop, pitch, slouch
definition 2: to set so as to be supported in an inclined position.
He leaned the ladder against the side of the house.
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part of speech: noun
definition: the state of leaning.
The lean of the tower has fascinated people for centuries.
similar words:
incline, pitch, slope