Lean Lean (l[=e]n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Leaned} (l[=e]nd), sometimes {Leant} (l[e^]nt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Leaning}.] [OE. lenen, AS. hlinian, hleonian, v. i.; akin to OS. hlin[=o]n, D. leunen, OHG. hlin[=e]n, lin[=e]n, G. lehnen, L. inclinare, Gr. kli`nein, L. clivus hill, slope. [root]40. Cf. {Declivity}, {Climax}, {Incline}, {Ladder}.] 1. To incline, deviate, or bend, from a vertical position; to be in a position thus inclining or deviating; as, she leaned out at the window; a leaning column. ``He leant forward.'' --Dickens. [1913 Webster]

2. To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; -- with to, toward, etc. [1913 Webster]

They delight rather to lean to their old customs. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

3. To rest or rely, for support, comfort, and the like; -- with on, upon, or against. [1913 Webster]

He leaned not on his fathers but himself. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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