Meaning of INCLINE in English


I. in ‧ cline 1 AC /ɪnˈklaɪn/ BrE AmE verb [not in progressive]

[ Word Family: verb : ↑ incline ; noun : ↑ inclination ; adjective : ↑ inclined ]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: French ; Origin: incliner , from Latin clinare 'to lean' ]

1 . [transitive] formal if a situation, fact etc inclines you to do or think something, it influences you towards a particular action or opinion

incline somebody to do something

The accident inclined him to reconsider his career.

2 . [intransitive] formal to think that a particular belief or opinion is most likely to be correct

incline to do something

I incline to accept the official version of events.

incline to/towards

I incline to the opinion that this principle extends to cases of religious discrimination.

3 . [intransitive and transitive] to slope at a particular angle, or to make something do this:

The telescope is inclined at an angle of 43 degrees.

4 . incline your head to bend your neck so that your head is lowered

II. in ‧ cline 2 AC /ˈɪnklaɪn/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

a slope:

a steep incline

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