recline

verb
re·​cline | \ ri-ˈklīn \
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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For couch shoppers, the quality of such a piece of furniture may be determined by the ability to lazily recline in front of the TV, or curl up with a book, for long periods of time. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Let people hang out in your store and watch TV.," 3 Oct. 2018 And unlike on a living-room Xbox, gaming on a PC can’t be done while either physically or mentally reclined. Alexander George, Popular Mechanics, "How To Get Into the High-Powered World of Gaming PCs," 20 Sep. 2018 Throughout the afternoon, the woman, identified by federal officials as Therese Okoumou, waved what looked like a T-shirt and reclined in a crease of the statue’s robe. New York Times, "Statue of Liberty Climber Upends Holiday for Thousands," 4 July 2018 Inside a nearby security booth, a guard reclined in her chair with her phone. Dylan Hernandez, latimes.com, "Pushed to the Inland Empire by the high cost of living, LAFC's Benny Feilhaber learned to enjoy his hours-long commute by train," 8 June 2018 Each of the three third-row seats can be lowered with a push of the button, and third-row passengers are not relegated to third-rate status, because a button reclines their seats as well. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2018 Lincoln Navigator outdoes Cadillac Escalade as most refined family hauler," 5 Mar. 2018 Seats on Ryanair planes, for instance, don’t recline, and the boarding process can be chaotic. Dave Seminara, New York Times, "Sizing Up the Bargain Potential of One-Way Airfares," 27 June 2018 Some people reclined under palm trees, while others drew water from a cistern for makeshift baths. Kate Linthicum, latimes.com, "These are the Central American migrants in Trump's crosshairs," 5 Apr. 2018 The folio back allows the Pixel Slate to recline to various angles (but not lie flat), or cover the tablet for safe storage in transit. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Google Pixel Slate: The top features, specs, and highlights," 9 Oct. 2018

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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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recline

verb

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 \
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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