lean·​ing | \ ˈlē-niŋ How to pronounce leaning (audio) \

Definition of leaning

: a definite but not decisive attraction or tendency often used in plural radical leanings

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leaning, propensity, proclivity, penchant mean a strong instinct or liking for something. leaning suggests a liking or attraction not strong enough to be decisive or uncontrollable. a student with artistic leanings propensity implies a deeply ingrained and usually irresistible inclination. a propensity to offer advice proclivity suggests a strong natural proneness usually to something objectionable or evil. a proclivity for violence penchant implies a strongly marked taste in the person or an irresistible attraction in the object. a penchant for taking risks

Examples of leaning in a Sentence

the news media are often accused of having liberal leanings despite what his athletic leanings might suggest, he was actually a very lazy kid
Recent Examples on the Web Over half responded, and all of them, regardless of the state's political leaning, pointed to vaccine supply. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, "FEMA asks Pentagon to ready as many as 10,000 troops to support nationwide vaccine push," 30 Jan. 2021 The writer does, however, summarize quite well what Oakeshott seems to have been getting at — that the course of human affairs could be well-served by the conservative mind-set, regardless of political leaning or affiliation. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Electoral College, conservatism and liberalism," 18 Dec. 2020 In most cases, the political leaning of a stan account will take its cues from the values and public stances of the star the account is stanning. NBC News, "The year of the stan: How the internet's super fans went from pop stars to politics," 24 Dec. 2020 By mid-October, harvest was in full swing in southwestern Iowa, home to tidy farms, small towns dotted with churches and residents who are mostly White and conservative-leaning in their politics. Jenna Johnson, Washington Post, "Can Biden compete in Trump’s rural strongholds? Democrats hope so.," 17 Oct. 2020 Northwestern Michigan has traditionally been Republican leaning, but has trended somewhat more toward Democrats in some recent elections. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Watch live at 5:15: Trump rally in Traverse City on eve of Election Day," 2 Nov. 2020 From the start, there is a certain distaste and a leaning into conjecture that undermine the certainty of particular descriptions. Greil Marcus, The New York Review of Books, "The Devil Had Nothing to Do With It," 17 Nov. 2020 German left-leaning newsweekly Der Spiegel on Thursday discussed the possibility of another Trump candidacy in the 2024 election. Washington Post, "As European leaders focus on Biden, European media remains unsettled by Trump’s refusal to concede," 12 Nov. 2020 Either way, the political leaning of Hamilton County in years to come could make a difference on elections. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, "Democrats were hopeful Hale could flip the 5th District. Here's why that didn't happen.," 8 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of leaning

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of leaning was in the 15th century

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5 Mar 2021

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“Leaning.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leaning. Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of leaning

: a preference for something or tendency to do something

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