To incline, deviate, or bend, from a vertical position; to be in a position thus inclining or deviating.
“a leaning column”
“She leaned out of the window.”
To incline in opinion or desire; to conform in conduct; with to, toward, etc.
“I’m leaning towards voting Conservative in the next election.”
To rest or rely, for support, comfort, etc.; with on, upon, or against.
To hang outwards.
To press against.
To thin out (a fuel-air mixture): to reduce the fuel flow into the mixture so that there is more air or oxygen.
An inclination away from the vertical.
“The trees had various leans toward gaps in the canopy.”
Meat with no fat on it.
A recreational drug based on codeine-laced promethazine cough syrup, popular in the hip hop community in the southeastern United States.
Slim; not fleshy.
Having little fat.
“lean steak cuts”
Having little extra or little to spare; scanty; meagre.
“a lean budget”
“a lean harvest”
Having a low proportion or concentration of a desired substance or ingredient.
“A lean ore hardly worth mining.”
“Running on too lean a fuel-air mixture will cause, among other problems, your internal combustion engine to heat up too much.”
Of a character which prevents the compositor from earning the usual wages; opposed to fat.
“lean copy, matter, or type”
Efficient, economic, frugal, agile, slimmed-down; pertaining to the modern industrial principles of “lean manufacturing”
“Alcoa is now a lean and agile enterprise, after having split last year into two entities.”
To have a consequence or remnant.
To cause or allow (something) to remain as available; to refrain from taking (something) away; to stop short of consuming or otherwise depleting (something) entirely.
“I left my car at home and took a bus to work.”
“The ants did not leave so much as a crumb of bread.”
“There’s not much food left. We’d better go to the shops.”
To cause, to result in.
“The lightning left her dazzled for several minutes.”
“Infantile paralysis left him lame for the rest of his life.”
To depart; to separate from.
To put; to place; to deposit; to deliver, with a sense of withdrawing oneself.
“Leave your hat in the hall.”
“We should leave the legal matters to lawyers.”
“I left my sewing and went to the window to watch the falling snow.”
To let be or do without interference.
“I left him to his reflections.”
“I leave my hearers to judge.”
To depart from; to end one’s connection or affiliation with.
“I left the country and I left my wife.”
To end one’s membership in (a group); to terminate one’s affiliation with (an organization); to stop participating in (a project).
“I left the band.”
To transfer something.
To depart; to go away from a certain place or state.
“I think you’d better leave.”
To transfer possession of after death.
“When my father died, he left me the house.”
To give (something) to someone; to deliver (something) to a repository; to deposit.
“I’ll leave the car in the station so you can pick it up there.”
To remain (behind); to stay.
To stop, desist from; to “leave off” (+ noun / gerund).
To give leave to; allow; permit; let; grant.
To produce leaves or foliage.
To raise; to levy.
The action of the batsman not attempting to play at the ball.
The arrangement of balls in play that remains after a shot is made (which determines whether the next shooter — who may be either the same player, or an opponent — has good options, or only poor ones).
Permission to be absent; time away from one’s work.
“I’ve been given three weeks’ leave by my boss.”
“Might I beg leave to accompany you?”
“The applicant now seeks leave to appeal and, if leave be granted, to appeal against these sentences.”
“I took my leave of the gentleman without a backward glance.”
be in or move into a sloping position
“he leaned back in his chair”
incline from the perpendicular and rest for support against (something)
“a man was leaning against the wall”
cause something to rest against
“he leaned his elbows on the table”
a deviation from the perpendicular; an inclination
“the vehicle has a definite lean to the left”
the lean part of meat
“the man who eats no fat and the wife who eats no lean”
(of a person or animal) thin, especially healthily so; having no superfluous fat
“his lean, muscular body”
(of meat) containing little fat
(of an industry or company) efficient and with no wastage
“staff were pruned, ostensibly to produce a leaner and fitter organization”
offering little reward, substance, or nourishment; meagre
“the lean winter months”
“keep a small reserve to tide you over the lean years”
(of a vaporized fuel mixture) having a high proportion of air
“lean air-to-fuel ratios”
go away from
“the England team left for Pakistan on Monday”
“we were almost the last to leave”
“she left London on June 6”
depart from permanently
“at the age of sixteen he left home”
cease attending (a school or college) or working for (an organization)
“she is leaving the BBC after 20 years”
allow or cause to remain
“the parts he disliked he would alter and the parts he didn’t dislike he’d leave”
remain to be used or dealt with
“we’ve even got one of the Christmas puddings left over from last year”
“a retired person with no mortgage left to pay”
go away from a place without taking (someone or something)
“women had been left behind in the struggle for pay equality”
“we had not left any of our belongings behind”
abandon (a spouse or partner)
“her boyfriend left her for another woman”
have as (a surviving relative) after one’s death
“he leaves a wife and three children”
bequeath (property) to a person or other beneficiary by a will
“he left £500 to the National Asthma Campaign”
“Cornelius had left her fifty pounds a year for life”
cause (someone or something) to be in a particular state or position
“I’ll leave the door open”
“he’ll leave you in no doubt about what he thinks”
“the children were left with feelings of loss”
let (someone) do or deal with something without offering help or assistance
“infected people are often rejected by family and friends, leaving them to face this chronic condition alone”
cause to remain as a trace or record
“they leave the impression that they can be bullied”
“dark fruit that would leave purple stains on the table napkins”
deposit or entrust to be kept, collected, or attended to
“she left a note for me”
entrust a decision, choice, or action to (someone else, especially someone considered better qualified)
“the choice of which link to take is generally left up to the reader”
(of a plant) put out new leaves
“trees leaved, wild flowers burst in profusion on the far side of the lake”
(in snooker, croquet, and other games) the position in which a player leaves the balls for the next player.
time when one has permission to be absent from work or from duty in the armed forces
“Joe was home on leave”
“leave from the court to commence an action”