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verb formal incline pronunciation in British English /ɪnˈklaɪn/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleinclining
past tenseinclined
past participleinclined

Related meanings

  1. 1
    [intransitive] to tend to behave in a particular way or to have a particular attitude or opinion
    incline to:

    We incline to the view that things are either totally good or totally bad.

    incline to do something:

    He does incline to be rather nervous.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to make someone likely to behave in a particular way or to have a particular opinion or attitude

      Domestic unrest inclined him to seek peace in external relations.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to slope in a particular direction, or to make something do this

    The land inclines gradually downwards toward the Simpson Desert.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to move part of your body downwards, especially your head

    He listens, and sometimes he inclines his head sympathetically.


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