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  Dictionary Definition of lean

noun David, 1908--91, British film director; his films include The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and A Passage to India (1984).
lean [1]
verb ( leant or leaned, leaning )

-- verb (i)
1. to incline or bend from a vertical position or in a particular direction.
2. to incline in feeling, opinion, action, etc.: to lean towards socialism.
3. to rest against or on something for support: lean against a wall.
4. to depend or rely: to lean on empty promises.
-- verb (t)
5. to incline or bend: He leant his head forward.
6. to cause to lean or rest ( against, on, upon, etc.): Lean your arm against the railing.
-- noun
7. the act of leaning; inclination.
-- phrase
8. lean on, to intimidate; apply pressure on.
9. lean over backwards. See backwards (def. 7).
[ME lene ( n ), OE hleonian, c. G lehnen; akin to L -clinare incline]