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

Also, the pool of FCS teams willing to play a one-off away game is greater than the number of FBS schools inclined to do the same. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Penn State will owe Idaho $1.45 million for game even though Vandals are FCS. Here's why," 31 Aug. 2019 Our study finds, moreover, that refugees inclined to move westward are typically pro-Western to begin with. Arie Kruglanski, The Conversation, "Are Syrian refugees a danger to the West?," 19 July 2019 The latter are designed to incline inside your ear canal, so as to better follow its natural curve. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Final E5000 review: delicate bass cannons," 11 June 2019 Years of multibillion-dollar arms purchases did not incline the al-Sauds to invest in recruiting and training a competent military. Daniel Benjamin, The New York Review of Books, "Reckless in Riyadh," 30 May 2019 Often during the building process that commenced in 2016, the Padres were inclined after a loss to focus mostly on the growth step that had occurred. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lamet’s return is the positive in another Padres loss to Dodgers," 5 July 2019 Instead the moon’s orbit is inclined to the ecliptic plane by about five degrees. Simon J. Lock, Scientific American, "When Earth and the Moon Were One," 2 July 2019 Because there were no casings found inside, where all three victims were found, investigators were inclined to believe the assailant used a revolver that does not eject bullet casings after being fired. John Spina, The Denver Post, "Bullet casings, phone book pointed investigators to Coal Creek Canyon triple homicide suspect," 5 June 2019 The justices didn’t explain their reasoning, though the court’s move suggests that a majority of may be inclined to uphold the restrictions when the case returns to the Supreme Court. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "Supreme Court Allows Trump Administration to Implement Transgender Restrictions in Military," 22 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The shorter incline allows large vehicles to maintain a consistent speed, reducing congestion. New York Times, "The City’s Most Hated Bridge Gets a Nearly $1 Billion Makeover," 29 Aug. 2019 Bills introduced last month in the House and Senate would ban all infant sleeping devices with an incline of greater than 10 degrees, matching safety regulations in Canada. Washington Post, "House committee launches investigation into inclined sleepers tied to infant deaths," 14 Aug. 2019 Mosher’s design made the incline more gradual by stretching the roadway out for 2.1 miles and curving it 90 degrees. San Diego Union-Tribune, "50 years later, Coronado bridge’s iconic status masks its controversial origins," 4 Aug. 2019 The terrain, with an incline of 35 to 50 degrees, is not accessible to machinery and considered too labor intensive to bring in human crews. Alan Berner, The Seattle Times, "Goats gobble wildfire fuel around Wenatchee, where dozens of homes burned in 2015," 22 July 2019 Charity runs are held there, cyclists tackle the street, and each year, onlookers flock to Baldwin for the Cadbury Chocolate Carnival, when tens of thousands of spherical chocolates are rolled down the incline. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "This Street in Wales Is Officially the World’s Steepest," 16 July 2019 After sunup, the bite is better on the edge of the flats in 7-to-8-feet around scattered grass on jigs slow-hopped or dragged down the incline; www.anglingadventures.info. Frank Sargeant, al.com, "Friday Fishing Report: Bass are biting at Lake Guntersville," 21 June 2019 The mostly-wooded trails gently ascend from the trailhead before ramping up the incline and topping out at 8,265 feet. Heather Balogh Rochfort, The Know, "Mountain biking trails that’ll get you home in time for dinner," 13 June 2019 Occasionally adjusting the incline to get some hill training in, or adjusting your paces to run some faster intervals or challenging yourself to complete the run with a faster finish are good ways to mix things up a bit, too. Emilia Benton, SELF, "Here's How to Get the Most Out of Using the Treadmill for Race Training," 11 Aug. 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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