also, lean to
Meaning | Synonyms
- to be interested in something
- to support someone's opinion
- used when discussing a decision that hasn't been finalised
- show a preference for
- verge on
- incline towards
- tend towards
- gravitate towards
- additional room or porch with a shared wall to another (lean to)
- I am not sure which couch would look best in our house. I am leaning towards the blue one. What do you think?
- He makes a very persuasive point. I am leaning towards voting for him.
- Both teams are very good, but I always lean towards the team that is from my home town.
- Their team is leaning towards Coach Russel to replace their current coach who will be leaving at the end on the season.
- We are leaning towards moving to England after we found out that the salaries there are much higher than we are earning now.
In formal writing we use lean toward instead of towards. Even though the use is often debated, both are used. It just depends on the situation.
The origin of the phrase is not apparent. It has been used since the 14th century.
The word lean means to bend or incline. It can be said that if a decision needs to be made you bend or incline towards one rather than the other.