Leaned - leant
Should one use leaned or leant as the past forms of the verb 'to lean'? They are pronounced differently, the first to rhyme with 'cleaned', IPA: /liːnd/, and the second with 'went', IPA: /lɛnt/. The choice is a matter of taste. AWE recommends non-native speakers to use leaned /li:nd/, in pronunciation and in writing, to avoid confusion with lent /lɛnt/ (the past tense of to lend).
The past form of the verb 'to lend' is always lent.