- Inflections of 'incline' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
- v 3rd person singular
- v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
- v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
- v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
in•cline /v. ɪnˈklaɪn; n. ˈɪnklaɪn, ɪnˈklaɪn/USA pronunciation
v., -clined, -clin•ing, n. v.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to (cause to) slant, lean, or bend: [no object]His head inclined toward me.[~ + object]He inclined his head toward me.
- to have a preference:[no object]inclines toward mysticism.
- [~ + object + to + verb] to persuade;
dispose:Her attitude did not incline me to help her.See inclined.
- an inclined surface;
slant:The truck could hardly make it up the incline.
(v. in klīn′;n. in′klīn, in klīn′),USA pronunciation v., -clined, -clin•ing, n. v.t.
- to deviate from the vertical or horizontal;
- to have a mental tendency, preference, etc.;
be disposed:We incline to rest and relaxation these days.
- to tend, in a physical sense;
approximate:The flowers incline toward blue.
- to tend in character or in course of action:a political philosophy that inclines toward the conservative.
- to lean;
- to dispose (a person) in mind, habit, etc. (usually fol. by to):His attitude did not incline me to help him.
- to bow, nod, or bend (the head, body, etc.):He inclined his head in greeting.
- to cause to lean or bend in a particular direction.
- Idiomsincline one's ear, to listen, esp. willingly or favorably:to incline one's ear to another's plea.
- an inclined surface;
- Rail TransportAlso called inclined plane, in′cline plane′. a cable railroad, the gradient of which is approximately 45°.
- Rail Transportany railroad or portion of a railroad, the gradient of which is too steep for ordinary locomotive adhesion alone to be effective.
- an angled shaft following a dipping vein.
- an inclined haulageway.
- Latin, as above
- Middle French
- Latin inclīnāre, equivalent. to in- in-2 + -clīnāre to bend (see lean1); replacing Middle English enclinen
- Middle English inclinen 1300–50
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged lean, slope, rise, fall, pitch.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged tend, lean.
- 3, 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged verge, veer.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
incline vb /ɪnˈklaɪn/
n /ˈɪnklaɪn; ɪnˈklaɪn/
- to deviate or cause to deviate from a particular plane, esp a vertical or horizontal plane; slope or slant
- when tr, may take an infinitive: to be disposed or cause to be disposed (towards some attitude or to do something)
- to bend or lower (part of the body, esp the head), as in a bow or in order to listen
- incline one's ear ⇒ to listen favourably (to)
Etymology: 13th Century: from Latin inclīnāre to cause to lean, from clīnāre to bend; see lean1inˈcliner n
- an inclined surface or slope; gradient
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