lean

 /liːn/

For the verb: "to lean"

Simple Past: leaned, leant
Past Participle: leaned, leant

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Principal Translations/Traduzioni principali
lean adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (meat: having little fat)  (carne)magro agg
 I prefer lean meat to fatty meat.
 Preferisco la carne magra a quella molto grassa.
lean adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (body: thin and strong)  (muscoli)slanciato agg
 The female athlete's muscles were lean.
 I muscoli dell'atleta erano slanciati.
lean adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (person: thin)  (persona)sottile, magro, snello, slanciato agg
 Her lean figure was silhouetted by the sun.
 La sua figura sottile si stagliava contro il sole.
 
Additional Translations
lean adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house." (poor; lacking richness)  (povero)magro agg
 These are lean times for many people, as prices rise and wages decline.
 Questi sono tempi magri per molte persone; i prezzi salgono e i redditi diminuiscono.
lean,
UK: leanings
nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.
US (inclination, slant)inclinazione, tendenza nf
 That TV station's news has a liberal lean.
 Quel canale TV è di tendenze progressiste.
lean viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived." (slant, not be vertical)pendere vi
 The Leaning Tower of Pisa leans away from the sea.
 La torre pendente di Pisa pende verso l'entroterra.
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Compound Forms/Forme composte
lean against [sth] vi + prep (put one's weight against for support)appoggiarsi a v rif
 He felt dizzy and had to lean against the wall for support.
 Gli girava la testa e ha dovuto appoggiarsi al muro per tenersi in piedi.
lean [sth] against [sth] vtr + prep (prop: [sth] up on [sth])appoggiare su, poggiare su vtr
 The thief leaned his ladder against the wall of the house.
 Il ladro ha appoggiato la scala a pioli contro il muro della casa.
lean against [sth] vi + prep (be propped against [sth])essere appoggiato a vi
 The board is leaning against the wall.
 La tavola è appoggiata al muro.
lean back vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." (recline)appoggiarsi indietro
lean forward vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." (incline one's body)piegarsi in avanti v rif
lean manufacturing nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (efficiency in the production of goods)pruduzione snella nf
lean meat nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (animal flesh which is not fatty)carne magra nf
   (carne magra)magro nm
 Jack Spratt could eat no fat, so his wife gave Jack only the lean meat.
lean on [sth] vi + prep (rest one's weight on)appoggiarsi a v rif
 Don't lean on the railing of this balcony - it isn't secure! If you will lean on my shoulder as we walk, it will take some of the weight off your sore ankle.
 Non appoggiatevi alla balaustra del balcone, non è sicura!
lean on [sb] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] (rely on for support)contare su, fare affidamento su vi
 You can always lean on me.
 Puoi sempre contare su di me.
lean on [sb] vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S] figurative (pressure to do [sth])  (figurato)fare pressioni per qlcs vtr
lean on [sb] appoggiarsi su qualcuno
lean out vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." (bend or tilt one's body outwards)sporgersi v rif
 È vietato sporgersi dal treno.
lean over vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." (bend forwards or down)  (verso il basso)piegarsi v rif
 I have to lean over to tie my shoes.
 Devo piegarmi per allacciarmi le scarpe.
lean over vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up." (bend sideways)pendere vi
 In Pisa there is a famous tower that leans over to one side.
 A Pisa c'è una torre famosa che pende da un lato.
lean toward [sb],
lean towards [sth]/[sth/sb]
vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S]
(incline body in the direction of)sporgersi verso, piegarsi verso v rif
 My grandmother often leans toward me in order to hear every word that I say.
 Quando parlo, mia nonna si sporge sempre verso di me per sentire meglio.
lean toward [sb],
lean towards [sth]/[sth/sb]
vtr phrasal insepphrasal verb, transitive, inseparable: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning, not divisible--for example,"go with" [=combine nicely]: "Those red shoes don't go with my dress." NOT [S]"Those red shoes don't go my dress with."[/S]
figurative (tend towards, prefer)propendere per vi
 In the upcoming election, he is leaning towards the Democrats.
  Nella scelta tra dolciumi e verdure, molti bimbi propendono per i dolciumi.Questa frase non è una traduzione della frase inglese.
  preferire vtr
 Per le prossime elezioni lui preferisce i Democratici.
lean towards propendere per
lean upon poggiarsi a
lean year nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc. (unprosperous 12 months)  (informale)anno di magra nm
 2009 was a lean year for our company.
 Il 2009 è stato un anno di magra per la nostra azienda.
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