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Definition of recline verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    recline

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪˈklaɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈklaɪn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they recline
    BrE BrE//rɪˈklaɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈklaɪn//
     
    he / she / it reclines
    BrE BrE//rɪˈklaɪnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈklaɪnz//
     
    past simple reclined
    BrE BrE//rɪˈklaɪnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈklaɪnd//
     
    past participle reclined
    BrE BrE//rɪˈklaɪnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈklaɪnd//
     
    -ing form reclining
    BrE BrE//rɪˈklaɪnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈklaɪnɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] recline (against/in/on something) (formal) to sit or lie in a relaxed way, with your body leaning backwards She was reclining on a sofa. a reclining figure (= for example in a painting)
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] recline (something) when a seat reclines or when you recline a seat, the back of it moves into a comfortable sloping position a reclining chair
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘cause to lean back’): from Old French recliner or Latin reclinare ‘bend back, recline’, from re- ‘back’ + clinare ‘to bend’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: recline