incline

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French encliner (modern incliner), from Latin inclīnō (incline, tilt), from in- + clīnō (compare -cline), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱley- (English lean).

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incline (third-person singular simple present inclines, present participle inclining, simple past and past participle inclined)

  1. (transitive) To bend or move (something) out of a given plane or direction, often the horizontal or vertical.
    • He had to incline his body against the gusts to avoid being blown down in the storm.
    • The people following the coffin inclined their heads in grief.
  2. (intransitive) To slope.
    • Over the centuries the wind made the walls of the farmhouse incline.
  3. To tend to do or believe something, or move or be moved in a certain direction, away from a point of view, attitude, etc.
    • (Can we date this quote?), J. M. G. van der Poel, "Agriculture in Pre- and Protohistoric Times", in the Acta Historiae Neerlandica published by the Netherlands Committee of Historical Sciences, page 170:
      The terp farmer made use of the plough, as is shown by the discovery of three ploughshares and four coulters. [] Those who inclined to the stock-breeding theory based their arguments on the absence of ploughs, []
    • He inclines to believe anything he reads in the newspapers.
    • I'm inclined to give up smoking after hearing of the risks to my health.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 8, The Younger Set[1]:
      “ My tastes,” he said, still smiling, “ incline me to the garishly sunlit side of this planet.” And, to tease her and arouse her to combat : “ I prefer a farandole to a nocturne ; I'd rather have a painting than an etching ; … ”
    • Usage note: In this sense incline is usually used in the passive voice, and usually intransitively.

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Noun[edit]

incline (plural inclines)

  1. A slope.
    • To reach the building, we had to climb a steep incline.

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French[edit]

Verb[edit]

incline

  1. first-person singular present indicative of incliner
  2. third-person singular present indicative of incliner
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of incliner
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of incliner
  5. second-person singular imperative of incliner

Galician[edit]

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incline

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of inclinar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of inclinar

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

incline m, f (masculine and feminine plural inclini)

  1. inclined, prone

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Portuguese[edit]

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incline

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of inclinar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of inclinar
  3. third-person singular imperative of inclinar

Spanish[edit]

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incline

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of inclinar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of inclinar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of inclinar.