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the degree to which something rises up from a position level with the horizon
  • the wall has enough of a lean that we can't set a bookcase against it

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1 to set or cause to be at an angle
  • just lean the ladder against the tree and climb up it

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2 to show a liking or proneness (for something)
  • the family's diet leans toward greasy food

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3 to place reliance or trust
  • you can always lean on me if you need help

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lean, spare, lank, lanky, gaunt, rawboned, scrawny, skinny mean thin because of an absence of excess flesh. lean stresses lack of fat and of curving contours. a lean racehorse spare suggests leanness from abstemious living or constant exercise. the gymnast's spare figure lank implies tallness as well as leanness. the lank legs of the heron lanky suggests awkwardness and loose-jointedness as well as thinness. a lanky youth, all arms and legs gaunt implies marked thinness or emaciation as from overwork or suffering. a prisoner's gaunt face rawboned suggests a large ungainly build without implying undernourishment. a rawboned farmer scrawny and skinny imply an extreme leanness that suggests deficient strength and vitality. a scrawny chicken skinny street urchins

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The first known use of lean was before the 12th century

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“Lean.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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