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British English: /liːn/
American English: /lin/

Translation of lean in French:



  • 2 [figurative] (difficult)
    (year, times)
    to have a lean time ou year
    connaître les vaches maigres
    two lean years
    deux années de vaches maigres

transitive verb

  • prétpp leaned ou leant
    to lean a bike/ladder against a wall
    appuyer un vélo/une échelle contre or à un mur
    to lean one's head on somebody's shoulder
    appuyer sa tête sur or contre l'épaule de quelqu'un
    to lean one's head out of the window
    se pencher par la fenêtre, mettre la tête à la fenêtre
    to lean one's elbows on something
    s'accouder à quelque chose
    to lean one's back against the wall
    s'adosser au mur

intransitive verb

  • prétpp leaned ou leant
    (wall, building)
    the bicycle/ladder was leaning against the wall
    la bicyclette/l'échelle était appuyée contre le mur or au mur
    to lean against a wall (for support)
    (with one's back) s'adosser au mur


to have a lean time of it

Phrasal verbs

lean across

1 lean across
se pencher (to do pour faire)
2 lean across [something]
se pencher par-dessus (desk, table)

lean back

to lean back in one's chair
s'appuyer contre le dossier de sa chaise

lean down

se pencher
to lean down from the cab of a lorry
se pencher par la vitre d'un camion

lean forward

se pencher en avant (to do pour faire)

lean on

1 lean on [something]
s'appuyer sur (stick)
s'accouder à (window-sill)
lean on my arm
appuie-toi sur mon bras
2 lean on [somebody] 2.1 [literal]
s'appuyer sur (person)
2.2 [figurative] (depend on)
compter sur (person)
2.3 [figurative] (pressurize)

lean out

lean out
se pencher au dehors
to lean out of [something]
se pencher par (window)
se pencher par la vitre de (vehicle)

lean over

1 lean over
(person) (gen) se pencher
(forwards) se pencher en avant
2 lean over [something]
se pencher par-dessus (shoulder, wall)

lean towards

se pencher vers
[figurative] (person, party, object)
pencher vers
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