transitive verb
1. (general) 
to lean something against somethingapoyar algo contra algo
intransitive verb
2. (building) 
a. inclinarse 
to lean on/against somethingapoyarse en/contra algo
3. (fig) 
to lean on somebodyapoyarse en alguien
to lean out of the windowasomarse a la ventana
lean [liːn] leaned leant
intransitive verb
1 (slope) inclinarse; ladearse
to lean to(wards) the left/right estar inclinado hacia la izquierda/derecha; (Pol) inclinarse hacia la izquierda/la derecha; to lean towards sb's opinion inclinarse por la opinión de algn
2 (for support) apoyarse
to lean on/against sth apoyarse en/contra algo; to lean on sb apoyarse en algn; (put pressure on) presionar a algn; to lean on sb for support contar con el apoyo de algn
transitive verb
to lean a ladder/a bicycle against a wall apoyar una escala/una bicicleta contra una pared; to lean one's head on sb's shoulder apoyar la cabeza en el hombro de algn
lean [liːn]
leaner (comparative)leanest (superlative)
1 (slim) [+person, body] delgado; enjuto
Their bodies were lean, their muscles toned by boxing lessons Like most athletes, she was lean and muscular She watched the tall, lean figure step into the car He was forty years old, a lean, handsome man
[+animal] flaco
lean, hungry wolves circled the encampment
companies will need to be leaner in order to compete las compañías tendrán que racionalizarse para ser más competitivas
...cutting corporate flab and building leaner companies
2 (not prosperous) [+times] difícil; [+harvest] pobre
Analysts warn of lean times ahead to go through a lean [patch] With fewer tourists in town, the taxi trade is going through its leanest patch for 30 years Shearer is going through a lean patch with only three goals in the last ten games
to have a lean time of it pasar por una mala racha
he's had a pretty lean time of it recently
lean years años (m) de vacas flacas
...dividend payments that increased little during the company's lean years in the early 1980s The potential for profit was still good despite some lean years those were lean years that followed
3 (not fatty) [+meat] magro; sin grasa
I only eat lean meat It is a beautiful meat, very lean and tender ...the leanest ground beef you can get
4 (Aut)
lean mixture mezcla (f) pobre
(Cookery) magro (m)
transitive verb
1. (to comprehend text) 
a. to read 
Deberías leer las obras completas de Shakespeare.You should read the complete works of Shakespeare.
2. (figurative) 
a. to read 
A ese jugador de póker es imposible leerle la cara. It's impossible to read that poker player's face.
3. (to process) 
a. to read 
Se produjo un error al leer el documento.An error occurred while reading the document.
transitive verb
1. (general) 
a. to read 
leo el francés, pero no lo habloI can read French, but I can't speak it
leer el pensamiento a alguiento read somebody's mind
intransitive verb
2. (general) 
a. to read 
leer en altoto read aloud
3. (fig) 
leer entre líneasto read between the lines
transitive verb
to read
leer el pensamiento a algn to read sb's mind o thoughts; leer la mano a algn to read sb's palm; leer los labios to lip-read; leer para sí to read to oneself
leer la cartilla a algn to tell sb off
intransitive verb
to read
"al que leyere" "to the reader"; leer entre líneas to read between the lines; leer en voz alta to read aloud; leer en voz baja to read quietly
Verb Conjugations for leer
Gerund: leyendo
Participle: leído
The irregular conjugations of this verb are in red.
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