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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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for recline

lounge, sprawl, loll, slope, lie, stretch, tip, lean, slant, rest, list, cant, repose, tilt, heel

Examples from the Web for recline

Contemporary Examples of recline

Historical Examples of recline

  • 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
Derived Formsreclinable, adjectivereclination (ˌrɛklɪˈneɪʃən), noun

Word Origin for recline

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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