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lean meaning and definition

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LEAN noun

Definition of lean (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"
    • synonyms: inclination, leaning, list, tilt

LEAN verb

Definition of lean (verb)

  1. to incline or bend from a vertical position
  2. cause to lean or incline
    • "He leaned his rifle against the wall"
  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"
    • synonyms: be given, incline, run, tend
  4. rely on for support
    • "We can lean on this man"
  5. cause to lean to the side
    • "Erosion listed the old tree"
    • synonyms: list

LEAN adjective

Definition of lean (adjective)

  1. lacking excess flesh
    • "you can't be too rich or too thin"; "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look"-Shakespeare
    • synonyms: thin
    • antonym: fat
  2. lacking in mineral content or combustible material
    • "lean ore"; "lean fuel"
    • antonym: rich
  3. containing little excess
    • "a lean budget"; "a skimpy allowance"
    • synonyms: skimpy
  4. not profitable or prosperous
    • "a lean year"
Source: Princeton University Wordnet

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