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  1  definition  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Lean  \Lean\  (l[=e]n),  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Leaned}  (l[=e]nd), 
  sometimes  {Leant}  (l[e^]nt);  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Leaning}.]  [OE. 
  lenen,  AS  hlinian  hleonian  v.  i.;  akin  to  OS  hlin[=o]n, 
  D.  leunen  OHG.  hlin[=e]n,  lin[=e]n,  G.  lehnen  L.  inclinare 
  Gr  kli`nein,  L.  clivus  hill,  slope.  [root]40.  Cf 
  {Declivity},  {Climax},  {Incline},  {Ladder}.] 
  1.  To  incline,  deviate,  or  bend,  from  a  vertical  position;  to 
  be  in  a  position  thus  inclining  or  deviating;  as  she 
  leaned  out  at  the  window;  a  leaning  column.  ``He  leant 
  forward.''  --Dickens. 
  2.  To  incline  in  opinion  or  desire;  to  conform  in  conduct;  -- 
  with  to  toward,  etc 
  They  delight  rather  to  lean  to  their  old  customs. 
  3.  To  rest  or  rely,  for  support,  comfort,  and  the  like  -- 
  with  on  upon  or  against. 
  He  leaned  not  on  his  fathers  but  himself. 

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