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See also: recliné



Borrowed from Latin reclīnāre (to bend back). Confer decline, incline.


  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈklaɪn/, /ɹəˈklaɪn/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪn


recline (third-person singular simple present reclines, present participle reclining, simple past and past participle reclined)

  1. (transitive) To cause to lean back; to bend back.
  2. (transitive) To put in a resting position.
    She reclined her arms on the table and sighed.
    • a. 1701 (date written), John Dryden, “On the Death of Amyntas. A Pastoral Elegy.”, in The Miscellaneous Works of John Dryden, [], volume II, London: [] J[acob] and R[ichard] Tonson, [], published 1760, OCLC 863244003, page 249:
      The mother, lovely tho' with grief oppreſt, / Reclin'd his dying head upon her breaſt.
  3. (intransitive) To lean back.
    to recline against a wall
  4. (intransitive) To put oneself in a resting position.
    to recline on a couch



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recline (plural reclines)

  1. A mechanism for lowering the back of a seat to support a less upright position; Also, the action of lowering the back using such a mechanism.
    • 2013 Dec. 22, Jad Mouawad and Martha C. White, "[1]," New York Times (retrieved 23 December 2013):
      To gain a little more space, airlines are turning to a new generation of seats that use lighter materials and less padding, moving the magazine pocket above the tray table and even reducing or eliminating the recline in seats.




  1. inflection of reclinar:
    1. first/third-person singular present subjunctive
    2. third-person singular imperative