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 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 We'd be seated upstairs in reclining leather chairs. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Christopher Columbus Kraft, NASA’s legendary flight director, has died," 22 July 2019 Her son slept in a reclining chair, and one daughter slept on the couch. Ted Conover, Harper's magazine, "The Last Frontier," 22 July 2019 What’s better than coming home after a long, chilly fall day and reclining across the couch to watch your favorite TV show? Sydney Scott, Essence, "Tune In: 21 TV Shows Premiering And Returning This Fall," 13 Sep. 2019 Spirit's seats famously don't recline but come with a pre-recline, and that pre-recline will grow nearly an inch, more in the exit rows, the airline said. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Stingy Spirit Airlines adding comfier seats, even in the middle," 9 Sep. 2019 Heath, 62, couldn’t move Dreier, who was listed at 6 feet 4 and 230 pounds coming out of Oklahoma State 20 years ago, and was no smaller in May. Heath reclined the driver’s seat and was guided through CPR over speakerphone. Jon Meoli,, "‘All we had was hope’: Orioles scout saved by stranger during cardiac arrest, overcame long odds to survive," 29 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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The first known use of recline was in the 15th century

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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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