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(Entry 1 of 3)

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

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

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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

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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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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

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

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“Leaning.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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a feeling of well-being or elation

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