lean Definition in Cambridge British English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of "lean" - British English Dictionary

See all translations

leanverb [I or T, usually + adv/prep]

uk   us   /liːn/ (leaned or UK also leant, leaned or UK also leant)
B2 to (cause to) slope in one direction, or to move the top part of the body in a particular direction: She leaned forward and whispered something in my ear. I sat down next to Bernard, who leaned over to me and said "You're late." Lean your head back a little. That fence is leaning to the right.
More examples

leanadjective

uk   us   /liːn/

lean adjective (NO FAT)

Lean meat has little fat. thin and healthy: lean and fit

lean adjective (NOT ENOUGH)

If a period of time is lean, there is not enough of something, especially money or food, at that time: It has been a particularly lean year for the education department.

lean adjective (EFFICIENT)

approving A lean company or organization does not use too many people or spend too much money, so that there is no waste: Nowadays even efficient, lean, well-run industries are failing.
(Definition of lean from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of lean?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “lean” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
post

something such as a message or picture that you publish on a website or using social media

Word of the Day

July 4th, Bastille Day, and the language of revolution.
July 4th, Bastille Day, and the language of revolution.
by Liz Walter,
July 01, 2015
With America’s Independence Day on the 4th and France’s Bastille Day on the 14th, July certainly has a revolutionary theme, so this blog looks at words and phrases we use to talk about the dramatic and nation-changing events that these days celebrate. In particular, it focuses on one of the most important

Read More 

burger noun
burger noun
June 29, 2015
a menu on a computer screen comprising three short parallel horizontal lines which the user clicks to see options Definitely use a burger. You could put the settings in the burger menu too. Fix the settings to the bottom of the burger menu and use a vertically scrolling contact list that scrolls behind

Read More