incline

[verb in-klahyn; noun in-klahyn, in-klahyn]
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verb (used with object), in·clined, in·clin·ing.

verb (used with object), in·clined, in·clin·ing.

noun


Nearby words

  1. inclemency,
  2. inclement,
  3. inclinable,
  4. inclination,
  5. inclinatory,
  6. inclined,
  7. inclined plane,
  8. inclined railway,
  9. inclined to,
  10. inclining

Idioms

    incline one's ear, to listen, especially willingly or favorably: to incline one's ear to another's plea.

Origin of incline

1300–50; Middle English inclinen < Latin inclīnāre, equivalent to in- in-2 + -clīnāre to bend (see lean1); replacing Middle English enclinen < Middle French < Latin, as above

Related formsin·clin·er, nouno·ver·in·cline, verb, o·ver·in·clined, o·ver·in·clin·ing.re·in·cline, verb, re·in·clined, re·in·clin·ing.

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British Dictionary definitions for incline

incline

verb (ɪnˈklaɪn)

to deviate or cause to deviate from a particular plane, esp a vertical or horizontal plane; slope or slant
(when tr, may take an infinitive) to be disposed or cause to be disposed (towards some attitude or to do something)he inclines towards levity; that does not incline me to think that you are right
to bend or lower (part of the body, esp the head), as in a bow or in order to listen
incline one's ear to listen favourably (to)

noun (ˈɪnklaɪn, ɪnˈklaɪn)

an inclined surface or slope; gradient
Derived Formsincliner, noun

Word Origin for incline

C13: from Latin inclīnāre to cause to lean, from clīnāre to bend; see lean 1

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