leaning

noun
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

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India had been concerned with former Maldivian President Yameen Abdul Gayoom's leaning toward China, which is seeking influence in the Indian Ocean. Fox News, "Indian PM arrives in Maldives in 1st trip since reelection," 9 June 2019 So, the governor does have a libertarian leaning after all. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: Polis’ libertarian streak shows in his vetoes of three more occupational licenses," 7 June 2019 And two, that the chain’s very public conservative leanings haven’t done much damage. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "The controversial conservative chain is poised to become the third-largest fast-food brand in the US this year.," 20 Dec. 2018 In one of the greatest wins of the season, 13 Reasons Why doesn’t let the young, affluent, white teenage boy off the hook for those kinds of unwittingly sexist leanings. refinery29.com, "13 Reasons Why Review: Season 2 Is Even Better Than The Last One," 16 May 2018 On one side is Bezos, owner of the liberal-leaning, Trump-investigating Washington Post. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "What Does Gavin de Becker Actually Do for Jeff Bezos?," 8 Feb. 2019 Given the state’s historically conservative leanings (Cook Political Report rates the governor’s race as solid Republican), the position is ultimately expected to stay red. Li Zhou, Vox, "Oklahoma primary election 2018 live results: governor and medical marijuana ballot measure," 26 June 2018 The proposal being circulated in the petitions by the good-government groups would establish a series of criteria aimed at keeping the districts local and in-balance with the state's political leanings, based on past election results. Rich Exner, cleveland.com, "Find Cuyahoga County home sales, other property transfers for January," 5 Feb. 2018 What’s important is how people with different political leanings hold the accused among their ranks accountable. Tanya Selvaratnam, Glamour, "Why Candice Russell Had No Choice But Take Her Case to the Media," 2 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of leaning

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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leaning

noun

English Language Learners Definition of leaning

: a preference for something or tendency to do something

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