Definition of 'lean'
Example sentences containing 'lean'
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Slowly lean forward so that your chest approaches the ground. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He leans forward to show me the scar on the bridge of his nose. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He can also lean forward or move your legs to one side to change the way it feels for him. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Add the lean minced beef and fry for 5 mins. The Sun (2017)She leans forward, clearly slightly worried that things have become a little too dour. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Pep is leaning forward, arms wrapped around his knees. Times, Sunday Times (2016)If you lean forward it goes faster, if you lean back it slows down. The Sun (2016)Eyes sparkling, she leans forward in her chair. The Sun (2016)You have been a rock but maybe it is time to lean on your husband a bit more and let him take the lead. The Sun (2016)It is still leaning on the building. Times, Sunday Times (2008)You lean in the direction you want to go and your weight banks the glider that way. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Try a dish of brown rice with lean meat and vegetables in a curry sauce. PCOS DIET BOOK: How you can use the nutritional approach to deal with polycystic ovary syndrome (2002)This style seems to lean less on geography. Times, Sunday Times (2016)She went into the garden and walked down to the foot to lean on the wall. The Glasgow Girls (1994)We spend thirty minutes leaning on our cars while we wrestle with his concerns. Christianity Today (2000)It sleeps leaning for support against a tree. Times, Sunday Times (2008) Choose lean meat and remove visible fat. Preventing Heart Disease (1987)Today their eyes are less glassy and all three look much leaner. The Sun (2014)This time he is leaning towards his rival. Times, Sunday Times (2012)We instinctively lean forward when trying to sell something. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The health service will have to become smaller and leaner. Times, Sunday Times (2013)This was the sort of lean and mean memo an entrepreneur has to love. Going For It!: How to Succeed As an Entrepreneur (1986)Protein powders are considered to be a fast route to a leaner body. Times, Sunday Times (2015)She thinks he wants directions and leans to talk to him. The Sun (2011)Buffalo meat has a tender texture and is leaner than beef. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The taste for lean meat has greatly increased the demand for venison. Times, Sunday Times (2011)They will seek to make the business leaner and fitter, and to restore the dividend. Times, Sunday Times (2010) Buildings lean over as if they are resting their head on a neighbour's shoulder. Times, Sunday Times (2008)This is simply a push-up leaning against a door frame. The Sun (2011)
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Translations for 'lean'
British English: lean /liːn/ VERB
When you lean in a particular direction, you bend your body in that direction.
They stopped to lean over a gate.
- American English: lean
- Arabic: يـَمِيلُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: inclinar-se
- Chinese: 倾斜
- Croatian: nasloniti
- Czech: naklonit se
- Danish: læne (sig)
- Dutch: leunen
- European Spanish: apoyarse
- Finnish: nojata
- French: se pencher
- German: lehnen
- Greek: γέρνω
- Italian: pendere
- Japanese: もたれる 寄りかかる
- Korean: 기대다
- Norwegian: lene (seg)
- Polish: oprzeć się
- European Portuguese: inclinar-se
- Romanian: a se înclina
- Russian: наклониться
- Spanish: apoyarse
- Swedish: luta (sig)
- Thai: พิง
- Turkish: yaslamak
- Ukrainian: нахилятися
- Vietnamese: dựa
British English: lean ADJECTIVE
If you describe someone as lean, you mean that they are thin but look strong and healthy.
Like most athletes, she was lean and muscular.
Definition of lean from the Collins English Dictionary
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