Meaning of “slant” in the English Dictionary

"slant" in British English

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uk /slɑːnt/ us /slænt/

[ I or T ] to (cause to) lean in a position that is not vertical; to (cause to) slope:

Italic writing slants to the right.
The evening sun slanted (= shone with the light moving in a slope) through the narrow window.

[ T ] often disapproving to present information in a particular way, especially showing one group of people, one side of an argument, etc. in such a positive or negative way that it is unfair:

The police claimed that reports in the media were slanted against/towards the defendant.


uk /slɑːnt/ us /slænt/
adverb uk /ˈslɑːnt.waɪz/ us /ˈslænt.waɪz/ US also slantways

(Definition of “slant” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"slant" in American English

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us /slænt/

slant verb (LEAN)

[ I ] to lean in a diagonal direction, or to cause (something) to slope:

Rays of sunlight slanted down on her.

slant verb (GIVE OPINION)

[ T ] to present information by ignoring or hiding some things and emphasizing other things:

He was known to slant reports, writing what his boss wanted to hear.


us /slænt/

slant noun (OPINION)

[ C ] someone’s opinion about a subject that is expressed by ignoring or hiding some information and emphasizing other information:

He put his own liberal slant on the general’s writings.

slant noun (SLOPE)

[ U ] a position that is leaning or sloping:

Most ocean beaches are on a slant.

(Definition of “slant” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)