recline

verb
re·​cline | \ ri-ˈklīn How to pronounce recline (audio) \
reclined; reclining

Definition of recline

transitive verb

: to cause or permit to incline backwards

intransitive verb

1 : to lean or incline backwards
2 : repose, lie

Examples of recline in a Sentence

She was reclining on the sofa, watching TV. The theater has reclining seats. He reclined his seat so that he could nap more comfortably.
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Recent Examples on the Web The dynamic seats recline during the zero-gravity portion of the flight—to allow passengers more room to explore, of course—and during reentry to minimize the G-load. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Take a Look Inside Virgin Galactic's Sleek Spaceplane," 28 July 2020 There’s also a new tailgate work surface that has its own ruler, and customers can get optional front bucket seats that recline to lie almost flat for snoozing between jobs. Dallas News, "Ford plays it safe with revamped F-150," 26 June 2020 There's also a new tailgate work surface that has its own ruler, and customers can get optional front bucket seats that recline to lie almost flat for snoozing between jobs. CBS News, "Ford unveils revamped F-150 with new interior," 26 June 2020 Adults recline in the thick brush like men sprawled out for Sunday football on a La-Z-Boy recliner. Ryan Lenora Brown, The Christian Science Monitor, "Tourist treks helped save gorillas. What happens in lockdown?," 26 June 2020 Optional front seats can recline fully flat like beds while the head and shoulder area can tilt up slightly to act as pillows. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Ford's powerful new F-150 offers fully reclining seats, a bottle opener, and a hybrid option," 25 June 2020 Airline passenger Wendi Williams is speaking out about her viral video of a man aggressively thrashing her reclined seat with his fist, and is considering pressing charges against the passenger. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "Woman whose video sparked viral debate on reclining airline seats may press charges," 17 Feb. 2020 Miriam’s father reclined, legs stretched out in the window seat of his neat, warm house. Juliana Hanle, Scientific American, "The Fight for the Reindeer," 18 Nov. 2019 Nine months later the 53-year-old Jackson reclines on his backyard patio in Cleveland. Greg Bishop, SI.com, "“I Failed Tremendously”: Hue Jackson on the Blues After the Browns," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of recline

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for recline

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Latin; Anglo-French recliner, from Latin reclinare, from re- + clinare to bend — more at lean

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9 Aug 2020

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“Recline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recline. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for recline

recline

verb
How to pronounce recline (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of recline

formal : to sit back or lie down in a relaxed manner
: to lean backward

recline

verb
re·​cline | \ ri-ˈklīn How to pronounce recline (audio) \
reclined; reclining

Kids Definition of recline

1 : to lie down or sit back usually in a relaxed way
2 : to lean backward Does that chair recline?

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