recline

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verb re·cline \ri-ˈklīn\

Definition of recline

reclined

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reclining

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cause or permit to incline backwards

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to lean or incline backwards

  5. 2 :  repose, lie

Examples of recline in a Sentence

  1. She was reclining on the sofa, watching TV.

  2. The theater has reclining seats.

  3. He reclined his seat so that he could nap more comfortably.

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Origin and Etymology of recline

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


RECLINE Defined for English Language Learners

recline

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Definition of recline for English Language Learners

  • : to sit back or lie down in a relaxed manner

  • : to lean backward


RECLINE Defined for Kids

recline

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verb re·cline \ri-ˈklīn\

Definition of recline for Students

reclined

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reclining

  1. 1 :  to lie down or sit back usually in a relaxed way

  2. 2 :  to lean backward Does that chair recline?



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