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verb (used without object), re·clined, re·clin·ing.
  1. to lean or lie back; rest in a recumbent position.
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verb (used with object), re·clined, re·clin·ing.
  1. to cause to lean back on something; place in a recumbent position.
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Origin of recline

1375–1425; late Middle English reclinen < Latin reclīnāre, equivalent to re- re- + clīnāre to lean1
Related formsre·clin·a·ble, adjectiverec·li·na·tion [rek-luh-ney-shuh n] /ˌrɛk ləˈneɪ ʃən/, nounhalf-re·clined, adjectivehalf-re·clin·ing, adjectiveun·re·clined, adjectiveun·re·clin·ing, adjective
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  • They lifted her into the carriage, and made what arrangements they best could to allow her to recline.

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

  • To move, stand, or recline in an indolent or relaxed manner.

    Scottish Ghost Stories

    Elliott O'Donnell

  • Some straw had been spread on the bottom, and on this Caius was directed to recline.

    The Mermaid

    Lily Dougall

  • The kettle chooses to sit still on the hob; the eagle to recline on the air.

  • At last I was permitted to get up and recline in fauteuil or on sofa.

British Dictionary definitions for recline


  1. to rest or cause to rest in a leaning position
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Derived Formsreclinable, adjectivereclination (ˌrɛklɪˈneɪʃən), noun

Word Origin

C15: from Old French recliner, from Latin reclīnāre to lean back, from re- + clīnāre to lean 1
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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]
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