lean

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 [ˈliːn]


Inflections of 'lean' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
leans
v 3rd person singular
leaning
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
leaned
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." (US & UK)
leant
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." (UK)
leaned
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked." (US & UK)
leant
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked." (UK)
WordReference English Collocations © 2019

lean

Most examples are given in US English. We have labeled exceptions as UK.
v
  1. lean against the [wall]
  2. lean on the [wall, post, fence]
  3. lean back [against, on] the [wall]
  4. lean into the [wall]
  5. lean [forward, backward, sideways]
  6. lean to the [right, left]
  7. lean (out) over the [edge, hole, water, railing]
  8. lean out of the [window, opening, cave]
  9. lean back in your [chair, seat]
  10. leaned [closer to, farther away from] him
  11. was leaning precariously
  12. lean on your [parents, family] for support
  13. lean toward the [right, socialism]
  14. lean towards [agreeing, disagreeing]
  15. leaning towards [art school, becoming a doctor, accounting]
  16. the [gangsters, mafia] leaned on [small businesses]
  17. she leaned in to [kiss, hear, listen]
  18. lean in (at work)
adj
  1. the [meat, steak] is (very) lean
  2. lean cuts of [meat]
  3. the leaner cuts of [beef, pork]
  4. lean and tender
  5. lean and [healthy, toned]
  6. tall, lean, and handsome
  7. a lean (muscular) body
  8. on a lean diet
  9. is a lean, mean [fighting, writing, drinking] machine
  10. [company, organization] is lean and mean
  11. [several, a number of, many] lean [years, seasons]
  12. lean [manufacturing, production]
  13. our [operations, processes] must be leaner
n
  1. [chose, served, cooked, picked] the lean
  2. prefer the lean to the fat
  3. the [car, vehicle, limb] has a lean to the [left, right]
additional examples
  1. lean against the [wall]
  2. [chose, served, cooked, picked] the lean
  3. the [meat, steak] is (very) lean
  4. lean on the [wall, post, fence]
  5. prefer the lean to the fat
  6. lean cuts of [meat]
  7. lean back [against, on] the [wall]
  8. the [car, vehicle, limb] has a lean to the [left, right]
  9. the leaner cuts of [beef, pork]
  10. lean into the [wall]
  11. lean and tender
  12. lean [forward, backward, sideways]
  13. lean and [healthy, toned]
  14. lean to the [right, left]
  15. tall, lean, and handsome
  16. lean (out) over the [edge, hole, water, railing]
  17. a lean (muscular) body
  18. lean out of the [window, opening, cave]
  19. on a lean diet
  20. lean back in your [chair, seat]
  21. eat lean
  22. leaned [closer to, farther away from] him
  23. is a lean, mean [fighting, writing, drinking] machine
  24. was leaning precariously
  25. [company, organization] is lean and mean
  26. lean on your [parents, family] for support
  27. [several, a number of, many] lean [years, seasons]
  28. lean toward the [right, socialism]
  29. lean [manufacturing, production]
  30. lean towards [agreeing, disagreeing]
  31. our [operations, processes] must be leaner
  32. leaning towards [art school, becoming a doctor, accounting]
  33. the [gangsters, mafia] leaned on [small businesses]
  34. she leaned in to [kiss, hear, listen]
  35. lean in (at work)
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