incline

verb
in·​cline | \in-ˈklīn \
inclined; inclining

Definition of incline 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to bend the head or body forward : bow

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

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

transitive verb

1 : to cause to stoop or bow : bend

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

3 : to give a bend or slant to

incline

noun
in·​cline | \ˈin-ˌklīn \

Definition of incline (Entry 2 of 2)

: an inclined plane : grade, slope

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Verb

incliner noun

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Verb

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?

Examples of incline in a Sentence

Verb

She listened with her eyes closed and her head inclined. The road inclines at an angle of about 12 degrees. His love of books inclined him toward a literary career.

Noun

We drove up a steep incline to the summit. You can adjust the incline of the ramp.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the video, Microsoft employees assure traditional gamers that consoles will still be a flagship experience but that this new service is about offering new choices and reaching more people who might not be inclined to buy a console. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Microsoft announces Project Xcloud—Xbox game streaming for myriad devices," 8 Oct. 2018 But what happened with Strzok and what happened with Ohr, these are unfortunate circumstances that do lend to people who were inclined to disbelieve what Mueller comes up with that lends credence to that concern. Fox News, "Former top intelligence officials come to Brennan's defense," 18 Aug. 2018 She and Camille really are kindred spirits in a lot of ways, which means Amma is likely going to be inclined to get the hell out of Wind Gap. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "The 9 Biggest Moments From 'Sharp Objects' Episode 5," 6 Aug. 2018 Instagram is currently testing out a feature that would allow public accounts to remove followers from their total follower count, should the account be inclined to do so. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Instagram Testing New Feature for Public Accounts to Remove Followers," 18 July 2018 But who is Scooter Libby, and why might Trump be inclined to pardon him? Scott Berson, miamiherald, "Who is Scooter Libby, and why might Trump want to pardon him? | Miami Herald," 13 Apr. 2018 On November 22, restaurants city-wide will serve up Thanksgiving fare of their own, allowing anyone so inclined a satisfying (and stress-free) taste of the holiday spirit. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Where to Dine Out for a Traditional-ish Thanksgiving Meal in New York City," 14 Nov. 2018 That was also of concern to the parents who read World, and to those inclined to carefully watch over what their children experienced. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "I didn’t read Harry Potter when I was growing up. And I wasn’t alone.," 31 Aug. 2018 Though technically perennials, mums are often grown as annuals owing to shallow root systems inclined to heave right out of the ground during winter's freeze-thaw cycles. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow the Most Gorgeous Chrysanthemums This Fall," 9 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Check to make sure your toes don’t hit the end of the boot on an incline, and that there’s no pinching in the forefoot or uncomfortable bumps or seams. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Hiking Boots for Women, Reviewed by Experts," 4 Dec. 2018 The bikes and scooters are relatively accessible, fairly inexpensive, great on hot Texas days traveling up steep Hill Country inclines, and plain old fun! Alissa Walker, Curbed, "How bike advocate Katie Deolloz gets around Austin," 19 Oct. 2018 Six hundred rough-edged stone stairs, placed centuries ago, ascend at a steep incline to the remains of the Skellig’s original monastic site. Margot Dougherty, WSJ, "In Ireland, a Getaway Far, Far Away," 6 Nov. 2018 The Grand Canyon is actually a giant hole in the ground situated on the top of a 40-mile incline. Lily Herman, Woman's Day, "My Grandfather's Death Inspired Me to Bike Across America," 26 Feb. 2016 Avoiding the North Woods removes more than 100 feet of hills from the course, or 10 percent of the course’s overall incline. New York Times, "To Reverse a Decline, New York Triathlon Skips an Incline," 28 May 2018 Using the incline feature can help close that gap: Studies show that running on a 1% incline requires a similar amount of energy as running outdoors. NBC News, "What you need to know before running outdoors," 9 May 2018 In the end, Atlas was a big, wobbly humanoid that moved at a snail's pace and fell without warning, sometimes without much reason (a slight incline of a few degrees took down one). Erik Sofge, Popular Mechanics, "The Golden Age of Walking Bots That Never Arrived," 25 Mar. 2016 Like all ATVs for combat, the SHERP has been tested against steep inclines. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Eurosatory 2018: Huge wheeled military ATV swims and surprises," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of incline

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

1798, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for incline

Verb

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

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incline

verb

English Language Learners Definition of incline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

incline

noun

English Language Learners Definition of incline (Entry 2 of 2)

: a slanting surface

incline

verb
in·​cline | \in-ˈklīn \
inclined; inclining

Kids Definition of incline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to cause to bend or lean She inclined her head.

incline

noun
in·​cline | \ˈin-ˌklīn \

Kids Definition of incline (Entry 2 of 2)

: slope entry 1 sense 2 a steep incline

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