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 stroller is under 15 pounds, is ventilated, can shield your baby from harmful UV rays, has a large basket, and can recline. Jordi Lippe-mcgraw, Forbes, 11 June 2021 The seat backs on this model of aircraft are stationary and do not recline. New York Times, 25 May 2021 The cockpit seats fully recline into flat beds for either pilot to rest during low workload phases, while the other flies the plane. Daniel Bachmann, Robb Report, 6 May 2021 Keep in mind those numbers include club chairs that don’t fully recline or divans designed for up to three passengers. Doug Gollan, Forbes, 4 May 2021 The chairs can recline up to 160 degrees, delivering that coveted floating feeling. Sanah Faroke, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Apr. 2021 Take a seat inside for a few minutes; better yet, recline on the bed. Rosemary Mcclure, Los Angeles Times, 29 Apr. 2021 Sure, the interior of self-driving cars is likely to be reimagined, allowing for riders to swivel while seated in a self-driving car and also recline for catching a few winks while the AI is undertaking the driving chore. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 5 Apr. 2021 Babies should be able to recline further than toddlers. Bre Richey,, 1 Apr. 2021

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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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23 Jun 2021

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“Recline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of recline

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


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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