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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Robinson also believes these Craigslist users will be the least inclined to try the more mainstream dating apps, most of which require users to use their first names and connect to their social media accounts. Jon Shadel, chicagotribune.com, "As Craigslist ends personal ads, we're losing an important LGBT space," 27 Mar. 2018 However, young white people are less favorably inclined towards Trump than white Americans overall; 46% of white Americans view Trump favorably. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "The Post-Millennials Should Scare the Hell Out of the GOP," 27 Feb. 2018 Any Tory inclined to challenge Mrs. May will need a plan for persuading skeptical British voters to follow a reform path. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Best Bad Brexit Deal," 14 Nov. 2018 Here's a recipe that appeared on PGA.com if you're inclined to try it out at home. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Ranking the best food at Augusta National for Masters week," 4 Apr. 2018 The 90-year-old chair design still resonates with the design-inclined, and is found in homes, offices, and hotel lobbies all over the world. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Here’s How the Iconic Barcelona Chair Design Came to Be," 23 Jan. 2019 Only two of the court’s nine justices, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, said anything during arguments that suggested they are inclined to rule against Merck. Jessica Gresko, The Seattle Times, "High court seems likely to side with Merck in Fosamax case," 7 Jan. 2019 And for the efficiency-inclined, there are open-top tote bags (yup, also in two sizes: short and wide or long and narrow). Matt Sebra, GQ, "Mansur Gavriel Is Finally Making Bags for Guys," 29 May 2018 As with some of the other conditions on this list, a cold sensation is only one of the symptoms you’d be inclined to experience with anxiety or panic attacks. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "7 Reasons You Might Be Feeling Cold All the Time," 16 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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