Definition of incline in English:



  • 1Be favourably disposed towards or willing to do something.

    ‘he was inclined to accept the offer’
    ‘Lucy was inclined to a belief in original sin’
    • ‘It might be fair to suggest that the seekers after truth will be best served if they are inclined towards a rather philosophical kind of theology.’
    • ‘They whom I live with are inclined towards postmodernism.’
    • ‘I have to confess I've always been personally inclined towards belief.’
    • ‘For those who are seriously inclined towards theatre, it could be a revelation that neither lights nor colourful sets nor properties are required to make a good play.’
    • ‘The contest disproved the general belief that the youngsters of today were more inclined towards western music than classical.’
    • ‘Over the past year I have found myself increasingly disillusioned by feminism and more inclined towards my socialist beliefs.’
    • ‘But it is playback singing that Harsheep is most inclined towards.’
    • ‘For children who are inclined towards spicing up the vacation with a dose of magic, the Academy of Magical Sciences is offering a two-month summer camp.’
    • ‘Even children seem to be more inclined towards indoor activities and television rather than playing outdoors.’
    • ‘Then, with at least some of the root-causers, their political sympathies and antipathies naturally incline them towards apologia.’
    • ‘Those who are more inclined towards physical activities can take a lesson in bowling here.’
    • ‘Some scholars and religious leaders are inclined towards taking emotional decisions.’
    • ‘Does it make sense that some individuals would be more inclined towards a certain lifestyle if that lifestyle had fewer rules and more freedom of choice?’
    • ‘In this confused period, Western powers were not inclined towards unilateral action, or anything else that might upset the already fragile international order.’
    • ‘Results indicated that most respondents were more inclined towards centrally planned economic policies rather than free markets.’
    • ‘Staff at the school said his parents' ambition had been for him to pursue a career in medicine but, on a return visit to the school a few years ago, he had said he had not been inclined towards the academic professions.’
    • ‘And in the end, even if women are less inclined towards math and science than men, it does not mean that there are not many capable women with the desire and abilities to pursue these fields.’
    • ‘This is only because, like India, China is seriously inclined towards economic progress.’
    • ‘We're coming off a period of 20-plus years during which investors were favorably inclined towards Indonesia.’
    • ‘You might be more inclined towards a cooler plunge after a day's walking.’
    disposed, minded, of a mind, willing, ready, prepared
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    1. 1.1[with infinitive](especially as a polite formula) tend to have a specified opinion.
      ‘I'm inclined to agree with you’
      • ‘And after this sensational summer, the entire country would be inclined to agree with him.’
      • ‘To a large extent I would be inclined to agree with Tim, especially with his observation on the intellectual leftist.’
      • ‘His answer is really a big No, and I would be inclined to agree.’
      • ‘Both are following up on a Wired article of that name and are inclined to agree that nuclear power is the only real solution to the world's energy needs.’
      • ‘I would be inclined to agree with him, that peanut butter is very good.’
      • ‘Many among the common soldiers were inclined to agree.’
      • ‘Anybody who watched the Boat Race in 2002 or 2003 would be inclined to agree.’
      • ‘Apparently we ought to be grateful, but we have some trouble taking him at his word, since he offers little more than an assertion that if he could tell us the truth, we would all be inclined to agree with him.’
      • ‘I must admit I was inclined to think so but having experienced the Cirque Dreams phenomenon I can tell you truthfully that it does, indeed, defy description.’
      • ‘Recently though I've been inclined to agree with the fans of paint.’
      • ‘Those involved in rural tourism are inclined to agree.’
      • ‘Many observers of the field would be inclined to agree with him.’
      • ‘I'd be inclined to agree with Jon in saying that it smacks of clientelism, politicians trying to be seen to be doling out the good stuff to the locals.’
      • ‘Are you inclined to agree, or do they have some support?’
      • ‘Some prominent non-Americans are inclined to agree.’
      • ‘Anyone who watched last weekend's fixtures would be inclined to agree completely!’
      • ‘You may not be inclined to agree, but points of view other than your own do have merit too.’
      • ‘Faith was inclined to agree, but what could she do?’
      • ‘No, I'm sure if I glanced again, there would be more I would be inclined to agree on, but these are the tunes I feel strongly about.’
      • ‘In a metaphorical sense, I would, perhaps, be inclined to agree.’
    2. 1.2[with object]Make (someone) disposed to do something.
      ‘his prejudice inclines him to overlook obvious facts’
      • ‘Irwin's Arabic learning also inclines him to emphasise the ‘otherness’ of the Alhambra, such that mere Europeans cannot hope to comprehend its full significance.’
      • ‘Obesity is not funny and my personal experience of it doesn't incline me to humour, nor to condemnation.’
      • ‘Could this disjointed style, this mixture of attention and indifference, which inclines you to take the picture piece by piece, have something to do with the clear sense of discrete personalities you get from it?’
      • ‘Hence we must find another interpretation for Leibniz's statement that our motives and desires may incline us, or influence us, to choose without thereby necessitating us to choose.’
      • ‘Which is a problem, as it inclines me to go more foetal, which of course means that I won't do any more study, because I feel that I won't succeed at it.’
      • ‘Saturn in Cancer at the time of the perihelion inclines you to deal with issues of home, family, security, finances, and relationships.’
      • ‘‘The history of policing in this country inclines us to view the Garda Siochana as a police force, whose function is to police society,’ said Deputy Flanagan.’
      • ‘Rather it is designed to advise the parties of facts upon which they can make an informed decision as to whether the judge's interest could possibly incline him or her to pre-judge the issues.’
      • ‘Perhaps the very familiarity of hospital or police dramas inclines us to take the protagonists for granted.’
      • ‘Robinson's admiration of the ancients not only predisposes him to favor classical systems of education but also inclines him to turn to Cicero and Quintilian for rhetorical theories that will best help modem students.’
      • ‘I think premillennialism is dangerous, because this inclines you to simplistic and dangerous positions.’
      • ‘Kraynak's hostility toward skeptical and individualistic liberalism inclines him to overlook the virtues of democracy.’
      • ‘The Hynix case inclines us to once again question government's diplomatic ability, as well as its corporate lobbying skills, as the local media long warned that the chipmaker would face a severe countervailing duty.’
      • ‘If biological temperament inclines you to be easily upset, that quite naturally leads to questions about ‘what's wrong with me?’’
      predispose, lead, make, make of a mind to, dispose, bias, prejudice
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    3. 1.3[no object]Feel favourably disposed towards someone or something.
      ‘I incline to the view that this conclusion is untenable’
      • ‘For those inclined towards the Western culinary tastes, Chennai is increasingly offering greater choices.’
      • ‘I incline to disagree with them, but I respect them.’
      • ‘If this perspective on the conflict is right one of the major problems is the lack of mutual understanding between those inclined to traditionalism and those inclined towards humanism.’
      • ‘Although the present top leadership is not culturally inclined towards extremism, turning the tide may no longer be easy.’
      • ‘If pressed, I incline towards the latter hypothesis.’
      • ‘On this issue, I rather incline towards the Samizdata view.’
      • ‘For what it's worth, I incline to the latter position.’
      • ‘For those less inclined towards social scientific research, this might not seem that interesting or useful an observation.’
      • ‘On the other hand, her growing ability to compete commercially led her mercantile interests to incline to the British view and stress the importance of free access to the whole of China.’
      • ‘At least for readers already inclined towards tolerance, a basis of solid fact should be more helpful than self-delusion.’
      • ‘Those inclined towards commerce and trade perform Ayudha Pooja, to achieve success in business.’
      • ‘Another advantage of introducing technology in schools was that both teachers and students became favourably inclined towards changes in methods of learning.’
      • ‘Just like Jin, many young people, even though they have a quite good income, still incline to buy small apartments.’
      • ‘For those who incline towards spirituality, divine icons and sacred pictures could be gifts to be treasured for a lifetime.’
      • ‘Immediately after announcing his candidacy he set about removing people from key positions who were not favourably inclined towards him.’
      • ‘O'Connor's sympathies are certainly with Federalism, and Ginsburg has become more inclined towards Federalism as of late.’
      • ‘I suspect his readers are evenly divided on the question, but those who incline to the latter view keep quiet about it, while those who take the former call him the Caribbean Joyce.’
      • ‘Even among those not ideologically inclined towards communism there were some who were so disenchanted with the past that they regarded the communists as representing modernity and a better future.’
      • ‘I tend to find that most people involved in media ministries across North America are generally those inclined towards technical giftings.’
      • ‘I also feel generously inclined towards artists who have previously, or since, redeemed themselves with their contribution to music.’
      prefer, have a preference for, favour, be favourably disposed to, go for, have a penchant for, have a liking for
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  • 2Have a tendency to do something.

    ‘she's inclined to gossip with complete strangers’
    • ‘Only the Germans were less likely to agree, with 40% believing that humans are inclined to stick with a single partner for life.’
    • ‘Of course, few people are mad or vicious, but we are inclined to see society and the state as more benign than they are.’
    • ‘Once a person is bored and lonely, he is inclined to think negatively, which may result in a permanent residence six feet below the ground.’
    • ‘People tend to be, in my opinion, far too inclined to worship the mages than to worship God, which is a severe problem.’
    • ‘I think we all are inclined to be selfish, we're inclined to be frightened of outsiders and people that are different.’
    liable, likely, prone, disposed, given, apt, wont, with a tendency
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    1. 2.1[with adverbial]Have a specified disposition or talent.
      ‘some people are very mathematically inclined’
      • ‘We leave the proof of this calculation as an exercise for the mathematically inclined reader.’
      • ‘As promised, some mathematically inclined posts.’
      • ‘The student is the speeder's mathematically inclined defense lawyer.’
      • ‘For those who are mathematically inclined, that's one school every three years.’
      • ‘The more mathematically inclined partners do internalize the concept of a top-ten list.’
      inclined, predisposed, minded
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  • 3[no object, usually with adverbial of direction] Lean or turn away from a given plane or direction, especially the vertical or horizontal.

    ‘the bunker doors incline outwards’
    ‘an inclined ramp’
    • ‘Between the outcrop and me was a thick snow bank, and this was very steeply inclined.’
    • ‘The anterior slope is long and straight to weakly convex, while the posterior slope is concave and more steeply inclined than that of N. hazeni.’
    • ‘Radials wider than high, inclined outward, radial facets curved in at sides, slightly narrower than maximum width of radial.’
    • ‘One such hike led through meadows, down forest trails, and across slippery shoreline rocks all inclined in the same direction.’
    • ‘The MGM Grand Hotel spent $135 million on a special theater for ‘K,’ a Cirque show with a stage that inclines at a 90-degree angle.’
    • ‘The tree seemed perfectly healthy and, while it inclined at a jaunty angle, wasn't threatening the houses around it.’
    • ‘The company's range of horizontal, vertical and inclined systems are installed in buildings that include St Paul's Cathedral and Sydney Harbour Bridge.’
    • ‘White's allegorical space is a vacant sprawling composition, slanting and inclined in a rigid fixture devoid of primary colours or people.’
    • ‘The pushing member and/or the pushed member has a slant surface inclined with respect to the direction along which the movable member moves.’
    • ‘In a gliding dive inclined at an angle to the horizontal the bird must keep the wings partly open to provide the lift needed to maintain a constant glide angle.’
    • ‘Well, in the case of the Helix, finding a disk inclined at an angle to a ring would be a surprise.’
    • ‘Underground mining entails sinking shafts to reach the target resource and driving tunnels and adits, either inclined or horizontally.’
    • ‘As this margin inclines dorsally, it sweeps around in a distally concave arc to produce a rounded, distally pointing extremity adjacent to the dorsal margin.’
    • ‘Satellite dishes point toward Intelsats above the Atlantic, Europe, and, inclined almost to the horizon, the Indian Ocean.’
    • ‘Ventral valve with broad shallow sulcus bearing anteriorly a low and rounded median swelling; lateral slopes narrow, steeply inclined.’
    • ‘At the protected, western margin, the underlying substrate profile was only slightly inclined and a low-energy, gentle ramp developed.’
    • ‘Nine vertical and inclined cored boreholes were completed by Irish Drilling Ltd during the summer of 1997.’
    • ‘With few exceptions, all are solid teak with glass tops, which are either horizontal or inclined.’
    • ‘Vertical surfaces and surfaces inclined to the point that slab saws cannot be used are the application areas for wall saws.’
    • ‘Together with the tilt toward the z axis, this causes the equatorial reflections to become inclined from the horizontal direction.’
    lean, tilt, angle, tip, slope, slant, bend, curve, bank, cant, bevel
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    1. 3.1[with object]Bend (one's head) forwards and downwards.
      ‘he inclined his head in agreement’
      • ‘Michael immediately dropped to one knee, inclining his head in reverence.’
      • ‘Nickomo, all gentle vibes, inclined his head in a spiritual manner.’
      • ‘A woman standing behind a desk smiles at him; he inclines his head in return.’
      • ‘Our eyes locked and he gave me a questioning look, inclining his head at Ruby.’
      • ‘He inclines his head sideways and a little back, looking up at the ceiling again.’
      • ‘Harry tucked his wand back into his pocket and ran his hands over Malfoy's neck and shoulders, inclining his head forward and back.’
      • ‘Jane smiled timidly at her mother, inclining her head forward, and then pulled on her own jacket.’
      • ‘‘I regally incline my head,’ I replied, regally inclining my head.’
      • ‘‘Stella,’ Matt's Dad says, inclining his head.’
      • ‘He always smiled and inclined his head to listen.’
      • ‘‘I did,’ he replied, inclining his head and staring at me with this smug look in his silver eyes.’
      • ‘‘As you wish,’ he said, inclining his head slightly.’
      • ‘Lawrence inclined his head at Fraser's introduction.’
      • ‘‘Hi,’ I replied inclining my head in a small nod.’
      • ‘Gently, he inclined his head and rested it against Akunai's chest like a child.’
      • ‘‘Magrin,’ she said quietly, inclining her head gracefully.’
      • ‘‘You know it, Jay,’ he replied inclining his head in the traditional male greeting.’
      • ‘Embarrassed, I inclined my head to one side and lowered the rifle's barrel so it was facing the ground.’
      • ‘His elbows brushed against the dusty surface of the desk as he inclined his head forward, awaiting her response.’
      • ‘Dinael blinked, but inclined his head in agreement.’
      bend, bow, nod, bob, lower, dip
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  • An inclined surface or plane; a slope, especially on a road or railway.

    ‘the road climbs a long incline through a forest’
    • ‘Lorry drivers had already hurried down to nearby Jungle Café to alert emergency services, while others were using ropes to help haul the injured up a steep incline to the road.’
    • ‘With the Segway, you can also move up and down rugged terrain as well as slopes and inclines with a little practice.’
    • ‘With the institute on your left, follow the single track road as it climbs and curves, tracing the natural incline of the hill.’
    • ‘It tackled steep inclines, rocky surfaces, muddy tracks and sand dunes with aplomb and at no time did I feel it would bog down or fail to scale rocky obstacles.’
    • ‘It enables a vehicle to chug up, or engine-brake down, daunting inclines, and idle over obstacles.’
    • ‘It will not use the relief road unless it is going to the new industrial estate and people may be tempted to take a short cut through the town to avoid the steep incline on the new road.’
    • ‘The first 20 minutes were nasty, with a steady incline in the road and the toxic buildup of second-hand smoke in our lungs from the night before.’
    • ‘Going up an incline on a main road or motorway frequently involves going down to 4th gear.’
    • ‘It's hard to explain just how sharp the inclines were on these hills.’
    • ‘By following the ridge of the city's hills, it provides tolerable gradients and avoids steep inclines, which proliferate in the city's side streets.’
    • ‘Tecton designed the enclosures in such a way as to emphasise the steep inclines and densely wooded slopes.’
    • ‘Mystra was flush with anticipation as they dismounted, leading their horses up the steady incline of the road.’
    • ‘Karthan looked ahead, but a small incline in the road prevented him from seeing more than half a mile ahead.’
    • ‘However, lizards may alter their behavior on inclines of different slopes.’
    • ‘There are subtle inclines and subtler downhill slopes.’
    • ‘With three adults on board, it was huffing and puffing up some of the steeper inclines.’
    • ‘The four-wheel drive is essential because of the incline of the roads and the ice and snow that often cover them.’
    • ‘At the top of the next incline, the road would change to a downhill slope and start back into the city.’
    • ‘Many inclines around the country boast some type of superlative; this one says they are the steepest, and rightly so.’
    • ‘The inclines on the road near Fewston Church present a challenge.’
    slope, gradient, pitch, ramp, bank, ascent, rise, acclivity, upslope, dip, descent, declivity, downslope
    grade, downgrade, upgrade
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Middle English (originally in the sense ‘bend (the head or body) towards something’; formerly also as encline): from Old French encliner, from Latin inclinare, from in- towards + clinare to bend.