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incline

verb in·cline \ in-ˈklīn \
|Updated on: 14 Jun 2018

Definition of incline

inclined; inclining
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
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

incliner

noun

Examples of incline in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of incline

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

incline Synonyms

Synonyms

angle, cant, cock, heel, lean, list, pitch, slant, slope, tilt, tip;

Near Antonyms

even, flatten, level, straighten;

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?

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incline

noun in·cline \ ˈin-ˌklīn \

Definition of incline

: an inclined plane : grade, slope

Examples of incline in a Sentence

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

  2. You can adjust the incline of the ramp.

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First Known Use of incline

1798

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INCLINE Defined for English Language Learners

incline

Definition of incline for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of incline for English Language Learners

  • : a slanting surface


INCLINE Defined for Kids

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incline

verb in·cline \ in-ˈklīn \

Definition of incline for Students

inclined; inclining
1 : to cause to bend or lean
  • She inclined her head.
2 : 2slope, lean

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incline

noun in·cline \ ˈin-ˌklīn \

Definition of incline for Students

: 1slope 2
  • a steep incline


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