vb , leans, leaning, leaned, leant
1 foll by: against, on, or upon to rest or cause to rest against a support
2 to incline or cause to incline from a vertical position
3 intr; foll by: to or towards to have or express a tendency or leaning
lean over backwards
Informal to make a special effort, esp. in order to please
5 the condition of inclining from a vertical position, (See also)
(Old English hleonian, hlinian; related to Old High German hlinen, Latin clinare to incline)
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