- 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[transitive, intransitive] tilt (something/somebody) (in favour of/away from something/somebody) to make something/somebody 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 favour of the Kenyan runners. Popular opinion has tilted in favour of the socialists. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘fall or cause to fall, topple)’: perhaps related to Old English tealt ‘unsteady’, or perhaps of Scandinavian origin and related to Norwegian tylten
BrE BrE//tɪlt//; NAmE NAmE//tɪlt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tilt
BrE BrE//tɪlt//; NAmE NAmE//tɪlt//he / she / it tilts
BrE BrE//tɪlts//; NAmE NAmE//tɪlts//past simple tilted
BrE BrE//ˈtɪltɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪltɪd//past participle tilted
BrE BrE//ˈtɪltɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪltɪd//-ing form tilting
BrE BrE//ˈtɪltɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪltɪŋ//