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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations noun: /ˈɪnklaɪn/, verb: /ɪnˈklaɪn/

US:USA pronuncation: IPAUSA pronuncation: IPA/v. ɪnˈklaɪn; n. ˈɪnklaɪn, ɪnˈklaɪn/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(v. in klīn; n. inklīn, in klīn)



Inflections of 'incline' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
inclines
v 3rd person singular
inclining
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
inclined
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
inclining
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. 
  1. to (cause to) slant, lean, or bend: [no object]His head inclined toward me.[+ object]He inclined his head toward me.
  2. to have a preference:[no object]inclines toward mysticism.
  3. [+ object + to + verb] to persuade;
    dispose:Her attitude did not incline me to help her.See inclined.

n. [countable]
  1. an inclined surface;
    slant:The truck could hardly make it up the incline.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
in•cline  (v. in klīn;n. inklīn, in klīn),USA pronunciation v.,  -clined, -clin•ing, n. 
v.t. 
  1. to deviate from the vertical or horizontal;
    slant.
  2. to have a mental tendency, preference, etc.;
    be disposed:We incline to rest and relaxation these days.
  3. to tend, in a physical sense;
    approximate:The flowers incline toward blue.
  4. to tend in character or in course of action:a political philosophy that inclines toward the conservative.
  5. to lean;
    bend.

v.t. 
  1. to dispose (a person) in mind, habit, etc. (usually fol. by to):His attitude did not incline me to help him.
  2. to bow, nod, or bend (the head, body, etc.):He inclined his head in greeting.
  3. to cause to lean or bend in a particular direction.
  4. Idiomsincline one's ear, to listen, esp. willingly or favorably:to incline one's ear to another's plea.

n. 
  1. an inclined surface;
    slope;
    slant.
  2. [Railroads.]
    • Rail TransportAlso called  inclined plane, incline 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.
  3. Mining
    • an angled shaft following a dipping vein.
    • an inclined haulageway.
in•cliner, n. 
  • 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/
  1. to deviate or cause to deviate from a particular plane, esp a vertical or horizontal plane; slope or slant
  2. when tr, may take an infinitive: to be disposed or cause to be disposed (towards some attitude or to do something)
  3. to bend or lower (part of the body, esp the head), as in a bow or in order to listen
  4. incline one's earto listen favourably (to)
n /ˈɪnklaɪn; ɪnˈklaɪn/
  1. an inclined surface or slope; gradient
Etymology: 13th Century: from Latin inclīnāre to cause to lean, from clīnāre to bend; see lean1

inˈcliner n
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