Definition of incline in US English:



Pronunciation /inˈklīn//ɪnˈklaɪn/
  • 1be inclined to/toward/to do somethingFeel willing or favorably disposed toward (an action, belief, or attitude)

    ‘he was inclined to accept the offer’
    ‘Lucy was inclined to a belief in original sin’
    • ‘Some scholars and religious leaders are inclined towards taking emotional decisions.’
    • ‘Over the past year I have found myself increasingly disillusioned by feminism and more inclined towards my socialist beliefs.’
    • ‘Results indicated that most respondents were more inclined towards centrally planned economic policies rather than free markets.’
    • ‘Those who are more inclined towards physical activities can take a lesson in bowling here.’
    • ‘They whom I live with are inclined towards postmodernism.’
    • ‘I have to confess I've always been personally inclined towards belief.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But it is playback singing that Harsheep is most inclined towards.’
    • ‘In this confused period, Western powers were not inclined towards unilateral action, or anything else that might upset the already fragile international order.’
    • ‘We're coming off a period of 20-plus years during which investors were favorably inclined towards Indonesia.’
    • ‘Then, with at least some of the root-causers, their political sympathies and antipathies naturally incline them towards apologia.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘This is only because, like India, China is seriously inclined towards economic progress.’
    • ‘The contest disproved the general belief that the youngsters of today were more inclined towards western music than classical.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You might be more inclined towards a cooler plunge after a day's walking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even children seem to be more inclined towards indoor activities and television rather than playing outdoors.’
    disposed, minded, of a mind, willing, ready, prepared
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    1. 1.1with infinitive (especially as a polite formula) tend toward holding a specified opinion.
      ‘I'm inclined to agree with you’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His answer is really a big No, and I would be inclined to agree.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Faith was inclined to agree, but what could she do?’
      • ‘You may not be inclined to agree, but points of view other than your own do have merit too.’
      • ‘I would be inclined to agree with him, that peanut butter is very good.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘To a large extent I would be inclined to agree with Tim, especially with his observation on the intellectual leftist.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Many observers of the field would 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.’
      • ‘Those involved in rural tourism are inclined to agree.’
      • ‘Some prominent non-Americans are inclined to agree.’
      • ‘Many among the common soldiers were inclined to agree.’
      • ‘Are you inclined to agree, or do they have some support?’
      • ‘Recently though I've been inclined to agree with the fans of paint.’
      • ‘And after this sensational summer, the entire country would be inclined to agree with him.’
      • ‘Anyone who watched last weekend's fixtures would be inclined to agree completely!’
      • ‘Anybody who watched the Boat Race in 2002 or 2003 would be inclined to agree.’
      • ‘In a metaphorical sense, I would, perhaps, be inclined to agree.’
    2. 1.2with object Make (someone) willing or disposed to do something.
      ‘his prejudice inclines him to overlook obvious facts’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Obesity is not funny and my personal experience of it doesn't incline me to humour, nor to condemnation.’
      • ‘Saturn in Cancer at the time of the perihelion inclines you to deal with issues of home, family, security, finances, and relationships.’
      • ‘If biological temperament inclines you to be easily upset, that quite naturally leads to questions about ‘what's wrong with me?’’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Kraynak's hostility toward skeptical and individualistic liberalism inclines him to overlook the virtues of democracy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Perhaps the very familiarity of hospital or police dramas inclines us to take the protagonists for granted.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I think premillennialism is dangerous, because this inclines you to simplistic and dangerous positions.’
      • ‘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.’
      predispose, lead, make, make of a mind to, dispose, bias, prejudice
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    3. 1.3no object Feel favourably disposed toward someone or something.
      ‘I incline to the view that this conclusion is untenable’
      • ‘For those who incline towards spirituality, divine icons and sacred pictures could be gifts to be treasured for a lifetime.’
      • ‘Just like Jin, many young people, even though they have a quite good income, still incline to buy small apartments.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For what it's worth, I incline to the latter position.’
      • ‘Although the present top leadership is not culturally inclined towards extremism, turning the tide may no longer be easy.’
      • ‘At least for readers already inclined towards tolerance, a basis of solid fact should be more helpful than self-delusion.’
      • ‘I incline to disagree with them, but I respect them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On this issue, I rather incline towards the Samizdata view.’
      • ‘If pressed, I incline towards the latter hypothesis.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I also feel generously inclined towards artists who have previously, or since, redeemed themselves with their contribution to music.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For those less inclined towards social scientific research, this might not seem that interesting or useful an observation.’
      • ‘O'Connor's sympathies are certainly with Federalism, and Ginsburg has become more inclined towards Federalism as of late.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Immediately after announcing his candidacy he set about removing people from key positions who were not favourably inclined towards him.’
      • ‘For those inclined towards the Western culinary tastes, Chennai is increasingly offering greater choices.’
      prefer, have a preference for, favour, be favourably disposed to, go for, have a penchant for, have a liking for
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  • 2be inclined to/to do somethingHave a tendency to do something.

    ‘she's inclined to gossip with complete strangers’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I think we all are inclined to be selfish, we're inclined to be frightened of outsiders and people that are different.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘People tend to be, in my opinion, far too inclined to worship the mages than to worship God, which is a severe problem.’
    liable, likely, prone, disposed, given, apt, wont, with a tendency
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    1. 2.1with adverbial Have a specified disposition or talent.
      ‘some people are very mathematically inclined’
      • ‘As promised, some mathematically inclined posts.’
      • ‘The more mathematically inclined partners do internalize the concept of a top-ten list.’
      • ‘We leave the proof of this calculation as an exercise for the mathematically inclined reader.’
      • ‘For those who are mathematically inclined, that's one school every three years.’
      • ‘The student is the speeder's mathematically inclined defense lawyer.’
      inclined, predisposed, minded
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  • 3no 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 outward’
    • ‘With few exceptions, all are solid teak with glass tops, which are either horizontal or inclined.’
    • ‘The tree seemed perfectly healthy and, while it inclined at a jaunty angle, wasn't threatening the houses around it.’
    • ‘Together with the tilt toward the z axis, this causes the equatorial reflections to become inclined from the horizontal direction.’
    • ‘Ventral valve with broad shallow sulcus bearing anteriorly a low and rounded median swelling; lateral slopes narrow, steeply inclined.’
    • ‘Between the outcrop and me was a thick snow bank, and this was very steeply inclined.’
    • ‘Well, in the case of the Helix, finding a disk inclined at an angle to a ring would be a surprise.’
    • ‘At the protected, western margin, the underlying substrate profile was only slightly inclined and a low-energy, gentle ramp developed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘White's allegorical space is a vacant sprawling composition, slanting and inclined in a rigid fixture devoid of primary colours or people.’
    • ‘Nine vertical and inclined cored boreholes were completed by Irish Drilling Ltd during the summer of 1997.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Radials wider than high, inclined outward, radial facets curved in at sides, slightly narrower than maximum width of radial.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Underground mining entails sinking shafts to reach the target resource and driving tunnels and adits, either inclined or horizontally.’
    • ‘Satellite dishes point toward Intelsats above the Atlantic, Europe, and, inclined almost to the horizon, the Indian Ocean.’
    • ‘The company's range of horizontal, vertical and inclined systems are installed in buildings that include St Paul's Cathedral and Sydney Harbour Bridge.’
    • ‘Vertical surfaces and surfaces inclined to the point that slab saws cannot be used are the application areas for wall saws.’
    • ‘One such hike led through meadows, down forest trails, and across slippery shoreline rocks all inclined in the same direction.’
    • ‘The pushing member and/or the pushed member has a slant surface inclined with respect to the direction along which the movable member moves.’
    lean, tilt, angle, tip, slope, slant, bend, curve, bank, cant, bevel
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    1. 3.1with object Bend (one's head) forward and downward.
      • ‘Jane smiled timidly at her mother, inclining her head forward, and then pulled on her own jacket.’
      • ‘Dinael blinked, but inclined his head in agreement.’
      • ‘Our eyes locked and he gave me a questioning look, inclining his head at Ruby.’
      • ‘Lawrence inclined his head at Fraser's introduction.’
      • ‘Nickomo, all gentle vibes, inclined his head in a spiritual manner.’
      • ‘He inclines his head sideways and a little back, looking up at the ceiling again.’
      • ‘‘I regally incline my head,’ I replied, regally inclining my head.’
      • ‘He always smiled and inclined his head to listen.’
      • ‘Michael immediately dropped to one knee, inclining his head in reverence.’
      • ‘Harry tucked his wand back into his pocket and ran his hands over Malfoy's neck and shoulders, inclining his head forward and back.’
      • ‘Embarrassed, I inclined my head to one side and lowered the rifle's barrel so it was facing the ground.’
      • ‘‘You know it, Jay,’ he replied inclining his head in the traditional male greeting.’
      • ‘Gently, he inclined his head and rested it against Akunai's chest like a child.’
      • ‘‘As you wish,’ he said, inclining his head slightly.’
      • ‘‘Magrin,’ she said quietly, inclining her head gracefully.’
      • ‘‘Hi,’ I replied inclining my head in a small nod.’
      • ‘‘I did,’ he replied, inclining his head and staring at me with this smug look in his silver eyes.’
      • ‘A woman standing behind a desk smiles at him; he inclines his head in return.’
      • ‘‘Stella,’ Matt's Dad says, inclining his head.’
      • ‘His elbows brushed against the dusty surface of the desk as he inclined his head forward, awaiting her response.’
      bend, bow, nod, bob, lower, dip
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Pronunciation /ˈɪnˌklaɪn//ˈinˌklīn/
  • An inclined surface or plane; a slope, especially on a road or railway.

    ‘the road climbs a long incline through a forest’
    • ‘At the top of the next incline, the road would change to a downhill slope and start back into the city.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mystra was flush with anticipation as they dismounted, leading their horses up the steady incline of the 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.’
    • ‘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 institute on your left, follow the single track road as it climbs and curves, tracing the natural incline of the hill.’
    • ‘It's hard to explain just how sharp the inclines were on these hills.’
    • ‘The four-wheel drive is essential because of the incline of the roads and the ice and snow that often cover them.’
    • ‘Going up an incline on a main road or motorway frequently involves going down to 4th gear.’
    • ‘It enables a vehicle to chug up, or engine-brake down, daunting inclines, and idle over obstacles.’
    • ‘There are subtle inclines and subtler downhill slopes.’
    • ‘However, lizards may alter their behavior on inclines of different slopes.’
    • ‘With three adults on board, it was huffing and puffing up some of the steeper inclines.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Karthan looked ahead, but a small incline in the road prevented him from seeing more than half a mile ahead.’
    • ‘With the Segway, you can also move up and down rugged terrain as well as slopes and inclines with a little practice.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tecton designed the enclosures in such a way as to emphasise the steep inclines and densely wooded slopes.’
    • ‘The inclines on the road near Fewston Church present a challenge.’
    • ‘Many inclines around the country boast some type of superlative; this one says they are the steepest, and rightly so.’
    slope, gradient, pitch, ramp, bank, ascent, rise, acclivity, upslope, dip, descent, declivity, downslope
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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’.