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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: incliner, from Latin clinare 'to lean'

incline

1 verb
     
in‧cline1 [not in progressive]
1 [transitive] formal if a situation, fact etc inclines you to do or think something, it influences you towards a particular action or opinion
incline somebody to do something
The accident inclined him to reconsider his career.
2 [intransitive] formal to think that a particular belief or opinion is most likely to be correct
incline to do something
I incline to accept the official version of events.
incline to/towards
I incline to the opinion that this principle extends to cases of religious discrimination.
3 [intransitive and transitive] to slope at a particular angle, or to make something do this:
The telescope is inclined at an angle of 43 degrees.
4

incline your head

to bend your neck so that your head is lowered

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