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 company does not own buses, but rather contracts them and will include Wi-Fi and reclining seats. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "The Hoosier State train is going away on July 1. Here's what it means for Indianapolis.," 30 May 2019 We were seated near the bar at a round, marble table with wide, cushioned chairs that were almost too comfortable, perhaps better to recline with a brandy snifter than to dine. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Review: The Terrace Grill at the Dalmar in Fort Lauderdale is a good-looking disappointment," 20 June 2019 At Marcus Theatre's The Ridge Cinema in New Berlin and The Majestic Cinema in the town of Brookfield, movie-goers are reclining into a new era, the latest sequel in a string of innovations that has transformed movie houses. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Four big reasons why today's experience is so much better in Marcus Theatre's local cinemas than years ago," 23 May 2018 Our earlier research on reclining chairs for the elderly led us to develop the Aeron—as in aeronautical. Marc Myers, WSJ, "Don Chadwick Went from Building Model Plans to Creating Silicon Valley’s Favorite Seat," 15 Jan. 2019 Spirit’s business remains based on the idea that fliers will choose the cheapest fares over reclining seats, seat assignments or water. Alison Sider, WSJ, "From Tardy to On-Time: Spirit Airlines Tries to Shed Old Image," 27 Dec. 2018 An image posted on her Instagram account shows the actress reclining on a hospital bed, scars, tattoos, and bandages on full display, accompanied by a description of yesterday’s procedure. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Lena Dunham Gets Real About Her Latest Surgery—And the Gender Bias Around Women’s Health Issues," 17 Oct. 2018 There's a large blue woman reclining on the side of a mountain (see below) by Lita Albuquerque; a metallic mixed media piece that looks like recorders fused into a sink by Paul Barsch and Tilman Hornig; even a hive of honeybees. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Art Safiental Is a Massive Sculpture Exhibit in the Swiss Alps," 10 Aug. 2018 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

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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 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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