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.
Recent Examples on the Web The loungers recline to three positions and customers love their elegant curved silhouette. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 16 May 2022 The float features a transparent cover with rainbow beams shooting down the middle, and will allow users to recline, fully above water, for hours. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 19 May 2022 Both seats recline into two different positions and have generous padding (although no calf rest). Sara Gaynes Levy,, 5 May 2022 Loungers typically recline to more than one position, though not all adjust to flat. Kathleen Willcox, Popular Mechanics, 16 May 2022 This sleeper sofa features a back that will recline to a flat position, creating a comfy sleeping spot without the hassle of a pull-out mechanism. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, 13 May 2022 As in many other high-end large cars, the back seats can recline while leg and foot rests rise from beneath seats. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, 20 Apr. 2022 First of all: How many passengers recline their seats? Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Mar. 2022 Overwhelmingly, two out of three respondents said people do indeed have the right to recline. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2022 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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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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