Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Chiefly British A past tense and a past participle of lean1.

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of lean.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An occasional preterit and past participle of lean.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • They leant from the ambulance excitedly as the lights of the streets flashed past them, saw windows piled with pale bricks of butter, bars of chocolates, tins of preserved strawberries, and jams.

    The Happy Foreigner

  • She caught her breath as she spoke his name and leant over and pressed her fingers to my knee.

    Oscar Wilde and the Dead Man’s Smile

  • Its iron-hard arms were on either side, and the carelessly held sword leant against his neck as it shook its head slowly.

    The Goblin Mirror

  • Mischa Barton: I think that when playing a character so sadistic, that any climate can be a challenge, but since Shelby is so cold-hearted, the freezing temperatures kind of leant itself to getting more in tune with the character.

    MovieWeb: News

  • Then when this lady stopped walking she was all "leant" over in her shoes ... * sigh*

    Real Life: Live & Unscripted

  • I subsequently devoured a bunch more before switching to fantasy when my primary school headmistress, realising how ahead of the curve I was in reading skills, leant me her copy of The Hobbit.

    MIND MELD: What Book Introduced You to Science Fiction?

  • Of particular interest for historical fantasy was the Victorian era, which leant itself well to steampunk ideas that combined fantasy with industrialization.

    [GUEST POST] Lavie Tidhar Asks 'What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Steampunk?'

  • She went to all my classes and picked up my homework assignments and leant me season five of Friends on DVD.

    Jared Sampson's Mom

  • The depositor would understand that the origin of the interest payment is derived from the creation of wealth by the entrepreneurs to whom the bank has leant money.

    Matthew Yglesias » Kinsley’s Transcendental Deduction of Hyperinflation

  • What that means is that if that € 60 bn is leant out to a Member State and not completely paid back, the UK will be on the hook for about 12% of the shortfall, a prospect they are understandably not thrilled about.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » The EU SPV

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