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 Optional Max Recline front seats recline absolutely flat for roadside naps, or whatever strikes your fancy. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "2021 Ford F-150 hybrid pickup features flat-folding seats, pop-up desk for laptops," 28 Nov. 2020 GTRacing built it to recline up to 170 degrees and support 300 pounds and gave it a cushion support system with adjustable pillows under the head and lumbar. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "The 6 Best Gaming Chairs That Provide Comfort and Support," 10 Nov. 2020 Optional Max Recline front seats recline absolutely flat for roadside naps, or whatever strikes your fancy. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "2021 Ford F-150 hybrid pickup features flat-folding seats, pop-up desk for laptops," 28 Nov. 2020 Fold flat to car-top a single vessel, recline one way or the other as a J-rack, or rig two SUPS on the edge with the post in the upright position. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "Three Ways to Transport Your Canoe or Kayak," 1 Oct. 2019 Optional Max Recline front seats recline absolutely flat for roadside naps, or whatever strikes your fancy. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "2021 Ford F-150 hybrid pickup features flat-folding seats, pop-up desk for laptops," 28 Nov. 2020 Optional Max Recline front seats recline absolutely flat for roadside naps, or whatever strikes your fancy. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "2021 Ford F-150 hybrid pickup features flat-folding seats, pop-up desk for laptops," 28 Nov. 2020 Optional Max Recline front seats recline absolutely flat for roadside naps, or whatever strikes your fancy. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "2021 Ford F-150 hybrid pickup features flat-folding seats, pop-up desk for laptops," 28 Nov. 2020 Optional Max Recline front seats recline absolutely flat for roadside naps, or whatever strikes your fancy. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "2021 Ford F-150 hybrid pickup features flat-folding seats, pop-up desk for laptops," 28 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of recline was in the 15th century

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11 Feb 2021

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“Recline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recline. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for recline

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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