Leaned - leant

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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.

Note that with a capital L (Lent), the noun means the Christian fast of 40 days before the feast of Easter.
Etymological note: Lent is a form of a Common Germanic root which also gives rise to 'long'. The word began as lenten, but lost the final '-n', except in archaic usage and some Scots dialects by the seventeenth century: it originally meant 'the season of lengthening days', or 'spring'. In Old Dutch, it was applied particularly to the month of March. In current English, Lent (with initial upper case 'L-') is always applied to the Christian fast, though various adjectives and compound phrases exist with the more general sense of 'springtime', as in the name for the wild daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) 'the lent (or lenten) lily'.