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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The 60/40-split rear seat reclines up to 24 degrees for more comfort. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Toyota introduces new Adventure modelto the lineup of its 2018 RAV4 crossover," 23 June 2018 The seats are comfortable (although the passenger seat lacks lumbar support), and the reclining back seats offer enough legroom for a pair of adults to sit comfortably. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Luxury on a budget: The Lexus NX 300h hybrid reviewed," 14 Oct. 2018 ScienceWorks’ other draw is the Melbourne Planetarium, with a 52-foot domed ceiling, reclining seats, and surround sound paired with 30-minute feature films that focus on a particular astronomical theme. Carrie Hutchinson, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Museums in Melbourne," 26 Sep. 2018 Offering six reclining seats accompanied by large windows to soak up the sights of going to the edge of space, the New Shepard will provide its riders with a few minutes’ worth of weightlessness and a view of the curvature of the Earth. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "A ticket on Jeff Bezos’ space tourism rocket will cost at least $200,000," 13 July 2018 The specs that follow describe a small, modestly equipped tablet that no one will mistake for a Surface Pro—small enough to fit on an airplane tray table with the seat in front reclined, Microsoft says. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's $399, 10-inch Surface Go rethinks the Windows tablet for consumers," 9 July 2018 Anta had the father fully recline the front seat and coached him through delivering a son. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "How OnStar prepares to save your life," 3 July 2018 With these chairs, patients only have to sit down, and the nurse or doctor can press a button to raise, lower or recline the seat. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "As Kaiser shows off new Sacramento medical facility, officials call it good for health of downtown," 3 June 2018 The auditorium may not have the reclining seats or Imax high-definition of modern movie theaters — but those aspects were never the point of Lincoln Plaza Cinemas in the first place. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "Missing Lincoln Plaza Cinemas? This Summer Film Series Is for You," 13 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of recline

: to sit back or lie down in a relaxed manner

: to lean backward


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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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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