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Usage statistics for the verb lean:

imaginative writing93.72%informational writing6.28%

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective lean:

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Lean is sometimes a misspelling of learn.

The word lean is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective lean

What does lean mean as an attribute of a noun?

Lean is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: leaner | leanest

  1. lacking excess flesh
  2. lacking in mineral content or combustible material
    • examples: lean ore | lean fuel
    • antonym: rich
  3. containing little excess
  4. not profitable or prosperous

Alternative definition of the adjective lean


  1. [context: of a person] slim; not fleshy.
  2. [context: of meat] having little fat.
  3. Having little extra or little to spare.
  4. Of a fuel-air mixture, having more air than is necessary to burn all of the fuel; more air- or oxygen- rich than necessary for a stoichiometric reaction.

Definition of the noun lean

What does lean mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: leans

  1. the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the vertical

Specialised definition of the noun lean

Glossary of sports

used for describing meat with little fat (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb lean

What does lean mean as a doing word?

Lean is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

 simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular
primarily used in British Englishleantleantleaningleans

  1. to incline or bend from a vertical position
  2. cause to lean or incline
    • examples: He leaned his rifle against the wall | They lean their rifles on the cabinet
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Destination, locative adverb]Cheryl stood the books thereVerbs of Putting: dangle, hang, perch, rest, sit, stand, suspend
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]Cheryl stood the books on the shelf
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] [Destination, locative adverb]The books lean there
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]The books lean against the shelf
      there [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location] [Theme, indefinite]There stood on the corner a statueVerbs of Existence: balance, bend, bow, crouch, dangle, droop, flop, fly, hang, hover, huddle, hunch, jut, kneel, lie, loll, loom, lounge, nestle, open, perch, plop, project, protrude, recline, repose, rest, rise, roost, sag, sit, slope, slouch, slump, sprawl, squat, stand, stoop, straddle, swing, tilt, tower
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Location]They stood the statue on the pedestal
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb]John slouched
      [Theme - concrete object] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location]The statue stood on the corner
      [Locative Preposition] [Location] [Verb] [Theme]On the pedestal stood a statue
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: lay / place / pose / position / put / set = put into a certain place or abstract location
  3. have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined
  4. rely on for support
    • example: We can lean on this man
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic word: trust = have confidence or faith in
  5. cause to lean to the side
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • synonym of lean: list
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

Alternative definition of the verb lean


  1. To hang outwards.
  2. To press against.


Who is Lean?

Lean is a Spanish musical artist.


Lean is a record label.


Lean is a fictional character from the 2003 film Mano Po 2.


  1. "Lean" is a musical single of Broccoli.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  2. "Lean" is a musical album by In One Wind.
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  3. "Lean" is a song by The National.
  4. "Lean" is a composition.


Lean is a programming language.

Phrases with Lean

  1. Lean'd
  2. lean on
  3. lean-to
  4. lean back
  5. Lean Nassa
  6. Lean Clover
  7. lean against
  8. Lean Towards
  9. lean-to tent
  10. Lean and Mean
  11. Lean Flatsedge
  12. Lean Western Nassa

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Lean

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Google previewThe natural method of teaching the elements of grammar, for the nursery and infant schools (1851)

by Robert Pemberton (F.R.S.L.)

Lean is an adjective. New is an adjective. .Fainf is an adjective. Stale is an adjective. Calm is an adjective. Young is an adjective. Lame is an adjective. Old is an adjective. Easy is an adjective. Dear is an adjective. Delightful ...

Google previewDictionary of phrase and fable. [A dictionary of English literature] by W.D. Adams, with additions (1885)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

word lean means reo'ery, and that the prohibition to • tbtlaio from beans " was equivalent to " keeping the body chaste." Heans ore in ftitntr, " ios feves fluuris- wot," and this will account for your Wag so silly. Our forefathers imagined tut the ...

Google previewThe Lean Healthcare Dictionary (2014)

An Illustrated Guide to Using the Language of Lean Management in Healthcare by Rona Consulting Group

viii ◾ Preface ◾ second, administrators and experienced lean practitioners who are relative newcomers to healthcare and require both a basic grasp of how to translate lean terms to the work of healthcare, as well as a quick reference to ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the Kalispel Or Flat-head Indian Language (1879)

by Joseph Giorda

rest upon, lean upon, press against. Es chl6c. pas». Л is leaning already, it lias been laid on already, (r. il est appuie. Icgehleèni, ch'eéntén, ch'.ecnt, ront. es chlccslèn, es-chleestèku, v. (10) 7 lean it against something. " chlelccin, v.

Google previewProto Utian Grammar and Dictionary (2014)

With Notes on Yokuts by Catherine Callaghan

to lean. This is another instance where more than one set is involved and the interrelations are complex. More examples of related verbs can be obtained from the source books. Cf. Mil seju 'to ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Numeral Words, by which All Difficulty in the Remembrance of Figures is Removed (1829)

With an Explanation of the Plan by William Henry Crook (LL.D.)

Lean beau. Lamed. Along .

Google previewThe Grocer's Encyclopedia ... (1911)

Frankfort Sausages or "Frankf urters" : if of fine quality, consist of about one- quarter lean beef and three-quarters lean pork shoulder, spiced, stuffed into sheep or narrow hog casings and well smoked. They should not be kept long, as they ...

Google previewDictionary of Healthful Food Terms (1997)

by Bev Bennett, Virginia Van Vynckt, Carolyn E. Moore

lean; extra lean Terms that can be used to describe the fat content of meat, poultry, seafood, and game meats. See also MEAT; FAT LABELING. lean-to-fat ratio The most important factor in comparing both the value and the fat content of ...

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Usage statistics about lean

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Usage statistics for the verb lean:

imaginative writing93.72%informational writing6.28%

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Quotes about Lean

Well, I always say the law was meant to be interpreted in a lenient manner. And that's what I try to do, is sometimes I lean to one side of it, sometimes I lean to the other. (Irving Ravetch)
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Scrabble value of L1E1A1N1

The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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