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 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 Though Maya offers cushy amenities such as reclining seats and large-format screens, the company eschews increasingly trendy luxury perks, such as in-seat dining. Ryan Faughnder,, "'Selena' producer is building theaters for underserved Latino moviegoers, despite challenges," 16 May 2018 The statute is of Jao Mae Nang Non — which roughly translates as the reclining goddess — and her name is shared with the cave, Tham Luang Nang Non, as well as the surrounding mountain, Doi Nang Non. Washington Post, "Spirit of mythical princess looms over Thai cave crisis," 27 June 2018 Several were hospitalized, only to return in reclining wheelchairs to maintain their vigil. Rick Pearson,, "Equal Rights Amendment approval comes 36 years after raucous Capitol protests," 1 June 2018 People with Jerome’s Furniture rolled down the street on what appeared to be reclining chairs on wheels, each adorned with rainbow flags. Morgan Cook,, "'Rights are easy to lose': San Diego Pride Parade calls for persistence in fight for equality," 14 July 2018 At his wake, Matthews was placed in the front of the room in a reclining chair. Nihal Kolur,, "Celtics Fan Remembered At Funeral By Playing NBA2K In Kyrie Irving Jersey," 9 July 2018 The most compelling is perhaps the simplest, showing an overdressed royal personage indolently reclining on a velvet couch in a palatial chamber. Christopher Knight,, "In Iranian art show at LACMA, the past wrestles with the present," 4 June 2018 Rating: Nature performs as well as an Airbnb in this measurement Furniture Most Airbnbs contain several pieces of furniture, upon which guests can rest or recline in various positions for minutes or hours. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, "Nature as an Airbnb: A Review," 25 May 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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