vi (past & past p leaned or (BrE also) , leant /lent/)
- 1.1 (bend, incline) the tower leans to the left la torre está inclinada hacia la izquierda she leaned back in her chair se echó hacia atrás or se reclinó en la silla to lean forward inclinarse hacia adelante don't lean out of the window no te asomes por la ventana backward2 1 1.2 (support oneself) apoyarse to lean
againststh apoyarse contraalgo he was leaning (up) against a wall estaba apoyado or se apoyaba contra la pared she leaned with her full weight against the door se echó sobre la puerta con todo su peso to lean onsth/sb apoyarse enalgo/algn she leaned on the desk se apoyó en el escritorioMore example sentences1.3 (tend, incline)to lean
- He leans his elbow on the desk and rests his forehead in his hand, sighing.
- ‘I think I've gotten too much information tonight,’ he groaned, leaning his elbows on his knees and resting his chin in one hand.
- She leaned her elbows on the windowsill, resting her chin in her hands.
to/ towardsth the party leans to the left el partido es de tendencia izquierdista they appear to be leaning toward a more conciliatory approach parecería que se inclinan por un enfoque más conciliadorMore example sentences
- He leaned forward and pointed to a list of five names on the second page in the folder.
- She leaned forward onto her elbows and buried her face in her arms, weeping bitterly.
- Carolyn leaned forward in her plush seat as the large house came into the view at the end of the long drive.
vt (past & past p leaned or (BrE also) , leant /lent/)
- v + adv inclinarse (hacia adelante) 1.1v + prep + o inclinarse sobre
lean downv + adv
lean onv + prep + o [colloquial/familiar]
- 1.1 (put pressure on) presionar, ejercer* presión sobre to lean on sb to +
infpresionar a algn para que+ subjthey leant on him to withdraw his statement lo presionaron para que se retractara de su declaración 1.2 (depend on) apoyarse en
- 1.1 [person/build] delgado, enjuto; [animal] flaco lean mixture (of fuel and air) mezcla (f) con una alta proporción de aire a leaner, more efficient company una compañía más eficiente con menos personal a lean prose style una prosa escuetaMore example sentences1.2 [meat] magro, sin grasa
More example sentences1.3 (poor) [winter] malo; [harvest] malo, pobre the lean years that followed the war los años de escasez or de vacas flacas que siguieron a la guerra
- He was more lean than muscular, though not out of shape.
- I would like to start with the popular story of the fat dog and the lean wolf, which was in circulation during my student days in Sambalpur in Orissa in the late 1970s.
- He was lean and wiry, but muscled, and there was strength in him.
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- The lean meat was cut in slivers, arranged on crisp falafel cake, and crowned with a spoonful of tangy green-pepper relish.
- For low-fat meats, choose lean cuts of meat and trim away as much visible fat as possible…
- Look for lean cuts of these meats with minimal visible fat.
- If you can survive it through the lean years, then you'll be OK later.
- Throughout the lean years of the depression, Smith was never out of work.
- I think it is important for you to share with children how things were in the lean years of your family.