transitive verb-·clined′, -·clin′ing
to cause to lean or lie back or down; lay back
Origin of reclineMiddle English reclynen from Classical Latin reclinare from re-, back + clinare, to lean: see incline
to lie or lean back or down; specif., to rest or repose lying down
verbre·clined, re·clin·ing, re·clines
- To lean back or lie down on one's back.
- To be adjustable so that the occupant may recline rather than sit up: a seat that reclines.
To cause to recline.
Origin of reclineMiddle English reclinen from Old French recliner from Latin reclīnāre re- re- -clīnāre to bend ; see klei- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present reclines, present participle reclining, simple past and past participle reclined)