Meaning of INCLINE in English


I. in-ˈklīn verb

( in·clined ; in·clin·ing )

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French incliner, encliner, from Latin inclinare, from in- + clinare to lean — more at lean

Date: 14th century

intransitive verb

1. : to bend the head or body forward : bow

2. : to lean, tend, or become drawn toward an opinion or course of conduct

3. : to deviate from a line, direction, or course ; specifically : to deviate from the vertical or horizontal

transitive verb

1. : to cause to stoop or bow : bend

2. : to have influence on : persuade

his love of books inclined him toward a literary career

3. : to give a bend or slant to

• in·clin·er noun


incline , bias , dispose , predispose mean to influence one to have or take an attitude toward something. incline implies a tendency to favor one of two or more actions or conclusions

I incline to agree

bias suggests a settled and predictable leaning in one direction and connotes unfair prejudice

the experience biased him against foreigners

dispose suggests an affecting of one's mood or temper so as to incline one toward something

her nature disposes her to trust others

predispose implies the operation of a disposing influence well in advance of the opportunity to manifest itself

does fictional violence predispose them to accept real violence?

II. ˈin-ˌklīn noun

Date: 1846

: an inclined plane : grade , slope

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.