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Definition of Lean


  1. To conceal.
  2. To incline, deviate, or bend, from a vertical position; to be in a position thus inclining or deviating; as, she leaned out at the window; a leaning column.
  3. To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; -- with to, toward, etc.
  4. To rest or rely, for support, comfort, and the like; -- with on, upon, or against.
  5. To cause to lean; to incline; to support or rest.
  6. Wanting flesh; destitute of or deficient in fat; not plump; meager; thin; lank; as, a lean body; a lean cattle.
  7. Wanting fullness, richness, sufficiency, or productiveness; deficient in quality or contents; slender; scant; barren; bare; mean; -- used literally and figuratively; as, the lean harvest; a lean purse; a lean discourse; lean wages.
  8. Of a character which prevents the compositor from earning the usual wages; -- opposed to fat; as, lean copy, matter, or type.
  9. That part of flesh which consist principally of muscle without the fat.
  10. Unremunerative copy or work.

Lean Quotations

In solitude the mind gains strength and learns to lean upon itself.
Laurence Sterne

People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.
William Butler Yeats

I spent a lot of years trying to outrun or outsmart vulnerability by making things certain and definite, black and white, good and bad. My inability to lean into the discomfort of vulnerability limited the fullness of those important experiences that are wrought with uncertainty: Love, belonging, trust, joy, and creativity to name a few.
Brene Brown

Sometimes, to keep things exciting, I decorate my house as if I owned a child. I'll toss a tiny pair of shoes in the hallway or lean small wooden crutches in what I refer to as 'the baby's room,' which is actually a tiny space where I make things. I continue to call it the baby's room because it confuses people and it's creepy.
Amy Sedaris

What we need to do is always lean into the future; when the world changes around you and when it changes against you - what used to be a tail wind is now a head wind - you have to lean into that and figure out what to do because complaining isn't a strategy.
Jeff Bezos
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Lean Translations

lean in Afrikaans is maer, dun, skraal
lean in Dutch is steunen, schragen, stutten
lean in Finnish is nojata
lean in French is maigre, adossons, adossent, appuyer, adossez
lean in German is mager, knapp, hager, lehnen
lean in Italian is sostenere, scremato, sporgere
lean in Latin is nitor, macer
lean in Norwegian is helle, lene, tynn, mager
lean in Portuguese is delgado
lean in Spanish is apoyarse, enjuto
lean in Swedish is mager, luta sig
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