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Definition of tilt verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tilt
    he / she / it tilts
    past simple tilted
    -ing form tilting
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to move, or make something move, into a position with one side or end higher than the other synonym tip (+ adv./prep.) Suddenly the boat tilted to one side. The seat tilts forward, when you press this lever. tilt something (+ adv./prep.) His hat was tilted slightly at an angle. She tilted her head back and looked up at me with a smile.
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] tilt (something/somebody) (in favor of/away from something/somebody) to make something or someone change slightly so that one particular opinion, person, etc. is preferred or more likely to succeed than another; to change in this way The conditions may tilt the balance in favor of the Kenyan runners. Popular opinion has tilted in favor of the socialists.
  3. Idioms
    tilt at windmills
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    to waste your energy attacking imaginary enemies From Cervantes' novel Don Quixote, in which the hero thought that the windmills he saw were giants and tried to fight them.
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