- to lean or lie back; rest in a recumbent position.
- to cause to lean back on something; place in a recumbent position.
Origin of recline
Examples from the Web for recline
The incidents have sparked wide debate about whether passengers should opt to recline at all.Solution to Seat Rage: No More Reclining
September 4, 2014
But of course someone always will recline her seat, like the people in the first row, or the woman in front of me, whom I hate.Should People Stop Reclining Their Seats?
February 20, 2013
They lifted her into the carriage, and made what arrangements they best could to allow her to recline.David Elginbrod
To move, stand, or recline in an indolent or relaxed manner.Scottish Ghost Stories
Some straw had been spread on the bottom, and on this Caius was directed to recline.The Mermaid
The kettle chooses to sit still on the hob; the eagle to recline on the air.The Crown of Wild Olive
At last I was permitted to get up and recline in fauteuil or on sofa.Our Home in the Silver West
- to rest or cause to rest in a leaning position
Word Origin and History for recline
early 15c., from Old French recliner "rest, lay; bend, lean over" (13c.) and directly from Latin reclinare "to bend back, to lean back; cause to lean," from re- "back, against" (see re-) + clinare "to bend," from PIE *klei-n-, suffixed form of *klei "to lean" (see lean (v.)). Related: Reclined; reclining.
Recline is always as strong as lean, and generally stronger, indicating a more completely recumbent position, and approaching lie. [Century Dictionary]