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 Treat yourself and lie back on a reclining lawn chair and take it all in! Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Mike Lynch: Awesome autumn stargazing," 29 Sep. 2019 Illustrative of the artist’s signature style, her 2010 Portrait of Mnonja depicts a striking female figure reclining on a couch. Anne Showalter, Smithsonian, "The Fierce Pride and Passion of Rhinestone Fashion," 9 Aug. 2019 Search #poolfloat on Instagram and there’s a near endless scroll of babies, dogs and fully grown adults reclining on inflatables of all shapes and sizes. Sanam Yar, New York Times, "America’s Next Top Pool Float," 30 July 2019 The air was filled with music and the smell of cooking meat as families and friends clustered around dozens of portable grills, reclined on picnic blankets or lounged in chairs. Marisa Kendall, The Mercury News, "Oakland’s second ‘BBQing While Black’ party draws big crowds," 21 July 2019 The white-on-black label depicting a nude woman reclining on a sofa with a riot of pillows and checkered throws, lazily stroking a cat, appealed to Emma's artistic side. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "Judging a wine by its label? It’s not as straightforward — or silly — as you might think.," 19 July 2019 In one of Geffen's posts, none other than world's richest man Jeff Bezos, joined by his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez, can be seen reclining in a bean bag chair. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Karlie Kloss, Josh Kushner, and Jeff Bezos Are All on Vacation Together, and You Can See It on Instagram," 6 Aug. 2019 The theater has valet parking and offers food, blankets and pillows delivered to moviegoers’ reclining chairs. David Lyons,, "iPic luxury theater warns of possible bankruptcy filing after missing payment," 31 July 2019 Across the hall was a dental office, with a reclining chair and sterile instruments., "The ICE chief called family detention ‘summer camp. Here’s what it looks like inside," 25 Aug. 2019

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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

formal : to sit back or lie down in a relaxed manner
: to lean backward


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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