verb (used without object), re·clined, re·clin·ing.
verb (used with object), re·clined, re·clin·ing.
Origin of recline
Examples from the Web for recline
The incidents have sparked wide debate about whether passengers should opt to recline at all.
But of course someone always will recline her seat, like the people in the first row, or the woman in front of me, whom I hate.
To move, stand, or recline in an indolent or relaxed manner.Scottish Ghost Stories|Elliott O'Donnell
May it be the lot of my foes to sleep in the couch of solitude, and to recline their limbs outstretched in the midst of the bed.
"My health requires that I should recline for a certain number of hours every day," he explained.Bat Wing|Sax Rohmer
They wrap themselves in huge fur coats and all have sofa cushions to recline on.Pipefuls|Christopher Morley
It was so arranged that Sybil Jones could recline, being then far from well.Eli and Sibyl Jones|Rufus Matthew Jones
British Dictionary definitions for recline
Word Origin for recline
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]