- To bend or slant away from the vertical.
- To incline the weight of the body so as to be supported: leaning against the railing. See Synonyms at slant.
- To rely for assistance or support: Lean on me for help.
- To have a tendency or preference: a government that leans toward fascism.
- Informal To exert pressure: The boss is leaning on us to meet the deadline.
- To set or place so as to be resting or supported.
- To cause to incline.
- A tilt or an inclination away from the vertical.
- Not fleshy or fat; thin.
- Containing little or no fat.
- Not productive or prosperous; meager: lean years.
- Containing little excess or waste; spare: a lean budget.
- Thrifty in management; economical: "Company leaders know their industries must be lean to survive” ( Christian Science Monitor).
- Metallurgy Low in mineral contents: lean ore.
- Chemistry Metallurgy Lacking in combustible material: lean fuel.
- Meat with little or no fat.