[ verb in-klahyn; noun in-klahyn, in-klahyn ]
/ verb 瑟n藞kla瑟n; noun 藞瑟n kla瑟n, 瑟n藞kla瑟n /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: incline / inclined / inclining on Thesaurus.com

verb (used without object), in路clined, in路clin路ing.
verb (used with object), in路clined, in路clin路ing.
"Is" it time for a new quiz? "Are" you ready? Then prove your excellent skills on using "is" vs. "are."
Question 1 of 7
IS and ARE are both forms of which verb?

Idioms about incline

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

Origin of incline

First recorded in 1300鈥50; Middle English inclinen, from Latin incl墨n膩re, equivalent to in-in-2 + -cl墨n膩re 鈥渢o bend鈥 (see lean1); replacing Middle English enclinen, from Middle French, from Latin, as above


in路clin路er, nouno路ver路in路cline, verb, o路ver路in路clined, o路ver路in路clin路ing.re路in路cline, verb, re路in路clined, re路in路clin路ing.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, 漏 Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use incline in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for incline


verb (瑟n藞kla瑟n)
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 (藞瑟nkla瑟n, 瑟n藞kla瑟n)
an inclined surface or slope; gradient

Derived forms of incline

incliner, noun

Word Origin for incline

C13: from Latin incl墨n膩re to cause to lean, from cl墨n膩re to bend; see lean 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012