lean1 S3 past tense and past participle leaned or leant especially British English
1 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
to move or bend your body in a particular direction
lean forward/back/over etc
They were leaning forward, facing each other.
Lean back and enjoy the ride.
She leant towards him and listened.
2 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]
to support yourself in a sloping position against a wall or other surface
He was leaning on the bridge, watching the boats go by.
3 [intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition]
to put something in a sloping position where it is supported, or to be in that position
lean (something) against/on something
A huge mirror was leaning against the wall.
He leant his bicycle against the fence.
to slope or bend from an upright position:
trees leaning in the wind
lean on somebodyphrasal verb
to depend on someone for support and encouragement, especially at a difficult time:
The couple lean on each other for support.
to try to influence someone, especially by threatening them:
He won't pay unless you lean on him.
lean towards somethingphrasal verb
Canada, the UK and Japan leant towards the US view.