leaning

noun lean·ing \ ˈlē-niŋ \
Updated on: 19 Apr 2018

Definition of leaning

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

Examples of leaning in a Sentence

  1. the news media are often accused of having liberal leanings

  2. despite what his athletic leanings might suggest, he was actually a very lazy kid

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First Known Use of leaning

15th century

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Synonym Discussion of leaning

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

LEANING Defined for English Language Learners

leaning

Definition of leaning for English Language Learners

  • : a preference for something or tendency to do something



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