Thesaurus

leaning

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of leaning

(Entry 1 of 3)

running in a slanting direction
  • the leaning tower of Pisa is a popular tourist attraction in Italy

Synonyms for leaning

Near Antonyms for leaning

leaning

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of leaning (Entry 2 of 3)

1 a prevailing or general movement or inclination
  • the news media are often accused of having liberal leanings

Synonyms for leaning

Words Related to leaning

leaning

verb
present participle of lean

Synonyms & Antonyms of leaning (Entry 3 of 3)

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

Synonyms for leaning

Words Related to leaning

Near Antonyms for leaning

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

Synonyms for leaning

Words Related to leaning

Near Antonyms for leaning

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

Synonyms for leaning

Words Related to leaning

Phrases Synonymous with leaning

Near Antonyms for leaning

See the Dictionary Definition 

Choose the Right Synonym for leaning

Noun

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about leaning

Time Traveler for leaning

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Cite this Entry

“Leaning.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/leaning. Accessed 24 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on leaning

Dictionary: Definition of leaning

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with leaning

Spanish Central: Translation of leaning

Nglish: Translation of leaning for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of leaning for Arabic Speakers

Comments on leaning

What made you want to look up leaning? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a feeling of well-being or elation

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!