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verb in·cline \in-ˈklīn\

Simple Definition of incline

  • : to bend forward or to cause (something) to bend forward

  • : to lean or slope

  • : to cause (someone) to want to do something or to be likely to do something

Full Definition of incline


  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to bend the head or body forward :  bow

  3. 2 :  to lean, tend, or become drawn toward an opinion or course of conduct

  4. 3 :  to deviate from a line, direction, or course; specifically :  to deviate from the vertical or horizontal

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to cause to stoop or bow :  bend

  7. 2 :  to have influence on :  persuade <his love of books inclined him toward a literary career>

  8. 3 :  to give a bend or slant to

in·clin·er noun

Examples of incline

  1. She listened with her eyes closed and her head inclined.

  2. The road inclines at an angle of about 12 degrees.

  3. His love of books inclined him toward a literary career.

Origin of incline

Middle English, from Anglo-French incliner, encliner, from Latin inclinare, from in- + clinare to lean — more at lean

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of incline

incline, bias, dispose, predispose mean to influence one to have or take an attitude toward something. incline implies a tendency to favor one of two or more actions or conclusions <I incline to agree>. bias suggests a settled and predictable leaning in one direction and connotes unfair prejudice <the experience biased him against foreigners>. dispose suggests an affecting of one's mood or temper so as to incline one toward something <her nature disposes her to trust others>. predispose implies the operation of a disposing influence well in advance of the opportunity to manifest itself <does fictional violence predispose them to accept real violence?>.

Rhymes with incline

A-line, affine, airline, align, alkyne, alpine, assign, at sign, balkline, baseline, beeline, benign, bloodline, blue line, blush wine, bovine, bowline, branchline, breadline, bright-line, buntline, bustline, byline, call sign, canine, caprine, carbine, carmine, cervine, chow line, clothesline, cloud nine, coastline, combine, compline, condign, confine, consign, corvine, cosign, cutline, dateline, deadline, decline, define, design, divine, dragline, driveline, earthshine, Einstein, eiswein, end line, enshrine, entwine, equine, ethyne, fall line, fault line, feline, ferine, first-line, flatline, flight line, foul line, fräulein, frontline, front line, goal line, gold mine, grapevine, guideline, hairline, hard-line, hard pine, headline, hemline, high sign, hipline, Holbein, hotline, ice wine, indign, in fine, in-line, Irvine, jawline, jug wine, landline, land mine, lang syne, lifeline, load line, longline, lupine, mainline, main line, malign, midline, moline, moonshine, neckline, off-line, old-line, online, opine, outline, outshine, ovine, Pauline, peace sign, Petrine, pipeline, piscine, pitch pine, plotline, plumb line, plus sign, pontine, porcine, potline, pound sign, propine, punch line, rapine, recline, redline, red pine, refine, reline, repine, resign, Rhine wine, ridgeline, roofline, Sabine, saline, Scotch pine, scrub pine, setline, shoreline, short line, sideline, sight line, skyline, snow line, soft-line, spring line, straight-line, strandline, straw wine, streamline, strip mine, strychnine, subline, sunshine, supine, syncline, taurine, tie-line, times sign, topline, touchline, towline, tramline, trapline, tree line, trephine, trotline, truckline, trunk line, tumpline, turbine, untwine, ursine, vespine, V sign, vulpine, waistline, white line, white pine, white wine, woodbine, yard line, zebrine, Z line



noun in·cline \ˈin-ˌklīn\

Simple Definition of incline

  • : a slanting surface

Full Definition of incline

  1. :  an inclined plane :  grade, slope

Examples of incline

  1. We drove up a steep incline to the summit.

  2. You can adjust the incline of the ramp.


First Known Use of incline


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February 6, 2016

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