lean ( leans 3rd person present) ( leaning present participle) ( leaned past tense & past participle) ( leant past tense & past participle) ( leaner comparative) ( leanest superlative )
American English uses the form leaned as the past tense and past participle. British English uses either leaned or leant.
1 verb When you lean in a particular direction, you bend your body in that direction.
Eileen leaned across and opened the passenger door... V adv/prep
They stopped to lean over a gate. V adv/prep
2 verb If you leanon or against someone or something, you rest against them so that they partly support your weight. If you lean an object on or against something, you place the object so that it is partly supported by that thing.
She was feeling tired and was glad to lean against him... V adv
Lean the plants against a wall and cover the roots with peat... V n adv/prep
3 adj If you describe someone as lean, you mean that they are thin but look strong and healthy., (approval)
Like most athletes, she was lean and muscular..., She watched the tall, lean figure step into the car.
4 adj If meat is lean, it does not have very much fat., (Antonym: fatty)
It is a beautiful meat, very lean and tender.
5 adj If you describe an organization as lean, you mean that it has become more efficient and less wasteful by getting rid of staff, or by dropping projects which were unprofitable.
The value of the pound will force British companies to be leaner and fitter.
6 adj If you describe periods of time as lean, you mean that people have less of something such as money or are less successful than they used to be. usu ADJ n ...the lean years of the 1930s..., With fewer tourists in town, the taxi trade is going through its leanest patch for 30 years. lean on , lean upon phrasal verb If you lean on someone or lean upon them, you depend on them for support and encouragement. She leaned on him to help her to solve her problems. V P n lean towards phrasal verb If you lean towards or lean toward a particular idea, belief, or type of behaviour, you have a tendency to think or act in a particular way. Most scientists would probably lean toward this viewpoint. V P n
Lean manufacturing is a manufacturing method which aims to reduce wastage, for example by keeping stocks low and by working more flexibly. (BUSINESS) n-uncount
...efficiency-raising techniques such as lean manufacturing.
Lean production is the same as lean manufacturing. (BUSINESS) n-uncount
...Japanese-style lean production techniques.
lean-to ( lean-tos plural ) A lean-to is a building such as a shed or garage which is attached to one wall of a larger building, and which usually has a sloping roof. n-count