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    lean

    lean - Dictionary definition and meaning for word lean

    Definition
    (noun) the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical
    Synonyms : inclination , leaning , list , tilt
    Example Sentence
    • the tower had a pronounced tilt
    • the ship developed a list to starboard
    • he walked with a heavy inclination to the right
    Definition
    (verb) to incline or bend from a vertical position
    Synonyms : angle , slant , tilt , tip
    Example Sentence
    • She leaned over the banister
    Definition
    (verb) cause to lean or incline
    Example Sentence
    • He leaned his rifle against the wall
    Definition
    (verb) have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined
    Synonyms : be given , incline , run , tend
    Example Sentence
    • She tends to be nervous before her lectures
    • These dresses run small
    • He inclined to corpulence
    Definition
    (verb) rely on for support
    Example Sentence
    • We can lean on this man
    Definition
    (verb) cause to lean to the side
    Synonyms : list
    Example Sentence
    • Erosion listed the old tree
    Definition
    (adj) lacking excess flesh
    Synonyms : thin
    Example Sentence
    • you can't be too rich or too thin
    • Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look
    Definition
    (adj) lacking in mineral content or combustible material
    Example Sentence
    • lean ore
    • lean fuel
    Definition
    (adj) containing little excess
    Synonyms : skimpy
    Example Sentence
    • a lean budget
    • a skimpy allowance
    Definition
    (adj) not profitable or prosperous
    Example Sentence
    • a lean year
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