recline

[ ri-klahyn ]
/ rɪˈklaɪn /

verb (used without object), re·clined, re·clin·ing.

to lean or lie back; rest in a recumbent position.

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

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
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recline

/ (rɪˈklaɪn) /

verb

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

recline


v.

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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