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From Latin reclinare, "to bend back". Confer "decline", "incline".


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.
    • Dryden
      The mother / Reclined her dying head upon his 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. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of reclinar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of reclinar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of reclinar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of reclinar.