incline

verb
in·​cline | \ in-ˈklīn How to pronounce incline (audio) \
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 How to pronounce incline (audio) \

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

If other states sued California over air quality, maybe it would be inclined to manage its forests and brushland better. WSJ, "Will California Fires Promote Better Policy?," 16 Nov. 2018 We may be inclined to believe in anyone who seems like the head of an organization, but again, those people are typically men. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Our Reaction to Asia Argento Proves the Power Imbalance of #MeToo," 24 Aug. 2018 You might be inclined to adjust your plans later on. BostonGlobe.com, "Your daily horoscope," 12 May 2018 All participants will get a private room and a bed inclined at 6 ° with the head end downwards, no options for changing. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Want to Pay Someone $19,000 to Lie Down For Two Months," 29 Mar. 2019 And even those who might not take a hardline view against the books might have been inclined to avoid them, hearing the voice of alarm. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "I didn’t read Harry Potter when I was growing up. And I wasn’t alone.," 31 Aug. 2018 According to the Express, as Meghan will partake in her first royal tour in October, the Duchess might be inclined to delay starting a family until after these major travels are over. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Might Delay Getting Pregnant for a Very Practical Reason," 11 Aug. 2018 That suggests voters who came out to support other Republicans — like former Orange County GOP Chairman Scott Baugh, a vocal critic of Rohrabacher’s before losing to him — may not be inclined to turn out for the incumbent in November. Christine Mai-duc, latimes.com, "After winning the No. 2 spot by 125 votes, Rouda has to make up ground to unseat Rohrabacher," 28 June 2018 But left tackle Donald Penn turns 35 on Friday, and Oakland might be inclined to solidify its front after seeing a dropoff from the unit last year. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL mock draft 2018: How first round shapes up if Sam Darnold is No. 1 pick," 26 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Indeed, while her sound inclines toward the electro-pop stylings of Grimes and Mozart’s Sister, Sama bears a deep-set admiration for the divas of our time. Vogue, "A New Class of Bright, Young Things—from Riverdale Heartthrobs to Underground Musicians—Lets Loose in L.A.," 15 Feb. 2019 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 7 Americans got around their cities in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Now The Joshua Tree House, $225 per night for 6 people Ride the Aerial Tramway Experience Coachella Valley's scenic vistas, sans incline, by taking the state park's aerial tramway to the summit. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "What to Do on Your Next Trip to Palm Springs," 5 Mar. 2019 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 7 Americans got around their cities in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 However, the highway, which was constructed in 1930s by King Haakon VII, also boasts 11 hairpin turns, a steep incline and the Stigfossen Waterfall, which surges down the mountainside. Olivia Putnal, Woman's Day, "10 Awe-Inspiring Roads Around the World," 19 Oct. 2010 Police discovered that the driver of the vehicle had been traveling at a high rate of speed when the car reached a steep incline leading up to railway tracks. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Tesla Model S goes airborne on video, driver charged," 29 Aug. 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 7 Americans got around their cities in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 The soldiers soon followed, the Afghans struggling to hoist their wounded comrade’s stretcher up the incline. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "‘I Think I’ve Been Shot’: Nighttime Raid in Afghanistan Reveals New U.S. Strategy," 5 Dec. 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
formal : 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 How to pronounce incline (audio) \
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 How to pronounce incline (audio) \

Kids Definition of incline (Entry 2 of 2)

: slope entry 1 sense 2 a steep incline

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