incline

[ verb in-klahyn; noun in-klahyn, in-klahyn ]
/ verb ɪnˈklaɪn; noun ˈɪn klaɪn, ɪnˈklaɪn /

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

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

noun

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 forms

in·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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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 Forms

incliner, noun

Word Origin for incline

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