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English definition of “lean”

lean

adjective (EFFICIENT)    /liːn/ approving
A lean company or organization uses only a small number of people and a small amount of money , etc. so that there is no waste : Nowadays even efficient , lean, well-run industries are failing .Business and commerce - general words
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