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verb tilt pronunciation in American English /tɪlt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participletilting
past tensetilted
past participletilted
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to move something so that one side is lower than the other

    The tray was tilted at an angle.

    She tilted the bowl to pour the mixture out.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] if something tilts, it moves so that one side is lower than the other

      Suddenly the boat started to tilt.

    2. b.
      [transitive] to move your head slightly upward, downward, or to one side

      She was sitting with her head tilted slightly back.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to influence a situation in a particular way, or to be influenced in a particular way
    tilt the balance toward/in favor of someone (=give someone an advantage):

    Excellent performances from the opening batsmen have tilted the balance in favor of the home side.



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