incline

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verb

in·​cline in-ˈklīn How to pronounce incline (audio)
inclined; inclining

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
incliner noun

incline

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noun

in·​cline ˈin-ˌklīn How to pronounce incline (audio)
: an inclined plane : grade, slope
Choose the Right Synonym for 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?

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Others watching the Gateway scandal aren’t as inclined to believe that Clemishire’s allegations have turned off enough of Morris’ flock to bring about the church’s demise. Cody Copeland, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 26 June 2024 But nothing is guaranteed, and some would-be visitors to the City of Lights might be just as inclined to forgo the trip to avoid crowds, Freitag said. Rob Wile, NBC News, 22 June 2024
Noun
One tester says this tread adjusted from zero to full incline surprisingly quickly, in just 15 seconds. Jennifer Heimlich, SELF, 28 June 2024 Several locals who’ve been in the business for a very long time have made rather strong comments saying just what a wonderful incline, increase, in the quality of wine that’s happened in the county in the last 10 to 15 years. Roxana Popescu, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for incline 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1798, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of incline was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Incline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/incline. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

incline

1 of 2 verb
in·​cline in-ˈklīn How to pronounce incline (audio)
inclined; inclining
1
: to bend the head or body forward : bow
2
: to be drawn to an opinion or course of action
inclined to go swimming
3
: to turn or move from a line, direction, or course : lean, slope
4
: to cause to bend, bow, or slant
5
: to have influence on : persuade
my teacher's example inclined me to become a teacher too
inclinable
in-ˈklī-nə-bəl
adjective

incline

2 of 2 noun
in·​cline ˈin-ˌklīn How to pronounce incline (audio)

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