intransitive verb-·clined′, -·clin′ing
- to deviate from a horizontal or vertical position, course, etc.; lean; slope; slant
- to bend or bow the body or head
- to have a particular disposition or bent of mind, will, etc.
- to have a tendency or preference: he inclines toward a drier wine
Origin of inclineMiddle English enclinen from Old French encliner from Classical Latin inclinare from in-, on, to + clinare, to lean
- to cause to lean, slope, slant, etc.; bend
- to bend or bow (the body or head)
- to give a tendency to; make willing; dispose; influence
incline one's ear
verbin·clined, in·clin·ing, in·clines
- To cause (someone) to have a certain tendency: dispose: “His active, daring temperament little inclined him to patient, quiet study” ( Harriet Beecher Stowe )
- To dispose (someone) to have a certain preference or opinion or to take a course of action: I'm inclined to agree with you. Are you inclined to go to out tonight?
- To cause to lean, slant, or slope: “Galileo … inclined the plane and rolled brass balls down it” ( George Johnson ) See Synonyms at slant.
- To bend or lower in a nod or bow: I inclined my head in acquiescence.
- To be disposed to a certain preference, opinion, or course of action: Some researchers incline toward a different view of the problem.
- To deviate from the horizontal or vertical; slant: When the path inclined steeply, it became difficult to continue hiking.
- To lower or bend the head or body, as in a nod or bow.
Origin of inclineMiddle English enclinen from Old French encliner from Latin inclīnāre in- into, toward ; see in- 2. -clīnāre to lean ; see klei- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present inclines, present participle inclining, simple past and past participle inclined)
- A slope.