incline
Pronunciation
  • (verb) enPR: ĭnklīn', IPA: /ɪnˈklaɪn/
  • (noun) enPR: ĭn'klīn, IPA: /ˈɪn.klaɪn/
Verb

incline (inclines, present participle inclining; past and past participle inclined)

  1. (transitive) To bend or move (something) out of a given plane or direction, often the horizontal or vertical.
    He had to incline his body against the gusts to avoid being blown down in the storm.
    The people following the coffin inclined their heads in grief.
  2. (intransitive) To slope.
    Over the centuries the wind made the walls of the farmhouse incline.
  3. (mostly, intransitive, mostly, in the passive) To tend to do or believe something, or move or be moved in a certain direction, away from a point of view, attitude, etc.
    He inclines to believe anything he reads in the newspapers.
    I'm inclined to give up smoking after hearing of the risks to my health.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter VIII, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      "My tastes," he said, still smiling, "incline me to the garishly sunlit side of this planet." And, to tease her and arouse her to combat: "I prefer a farandole to a nocturne; I'd rather have a painting than an etching; Mr. Whistler bores me with his monochromatic mud; I don't like dull colours, dull sounds, dull intellects; […]."
    • , J. M. G. van der Poel, "Agriculture in Pre- and Protohistoric Times", in the Acta Historiae Neerlandica published by the Netherlands Committee of Historical Sciences, p.170:
      The terp farmer made use of the plough, as is shown by the discovery of three ploughshares and four coulters. […] Those who inclined to the stock-breeding theory based their arguments on the absence of ploughs, […].
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incline (plural inclines)

  1. A slope.
    To reach the building, we had to climb a steep incline.
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  • Russian: накло́н



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