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recline

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verb re·cline \ri-ˈklīn\

Simple Definition of recline

  • : to sit back or lie down in a relaxed manner

  • : to lean backward

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of recline

reclined

reclining

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cause or permit to incline backwards

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to lean or incline backwards

  5. 2 :  repose, lie

Examples of recline in a sentence

  1. She was reclining on the sofa, watching TV.

  2. The theater has reclining seats.

  3. He reclined his seat so that he could nap more comfortably.



Origin and Etymology of recline

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French recliner, from Latin reclinare, from re- + clinare to bend — more at lean


First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with recline

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RECLINE Defined for Kids

recline

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verb re·cline \ri-ˈklīn\

Definition of recline for Students

reclined

reclining

  1. 1 :  to lie down or sit back usually in a relaxed way

  2. 2 :  to lean backward <Does that chair recline?>




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