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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theylean on
he/she/itleans on
present participleleaning on
past tenseleaned on or leant on
past participleleaned on or leant on

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  1. 1
    lean on someone to depend on someone

    Everybody needs someone to lean on in times of trouble.

  2. 2
    lean on something to press the horn of a car in a determined way

    The taxi driver was waiting out front, leaning on the horn.

  3. 3
    lean on someone informal to put pressure on someone in order to make them do something

    The Prime Minister’s been leaning pretty heavily on her to resign.

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