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lean1  audio  (ln) KEY 

VERB:
leaned, lean·ing, leans
VERB:
intr.
  1. To bend or slant away from the vertical.
  2. To incline the weight of the body so as to be supported: leaning against the railing. See Synonyms at slant.
  3. To rely for assistance or support: Lean on me for help.
  4. To have a tendency or preference: a government that leans toward fascism.
  5. Informal To exert pressure: The boss is leaning on us to meet the deadline.
VERB:
tr.
  1. To set or place so as to be resting or supported.
  2. To cause to incline.
NOUN:
A tilt or an inclination away from the vertical.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English lenen, from Old English hleonian; see klei- in Indo-European roots


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