- 1 [intransitive, transitive] (formal) to tend to think or behave in a particular way; to make someone do this incline to/toward something I incline to the view that we should take no action at this stage. Young people incline toward individualistic behavior. incline to do something Government is often more effective than we incline to think. incline somebody to/toward something Lack of money inclines many young people toward crime. incline somebody to do something His obvious sincerity inclined me to trust him.
- 2[transitive] incline your head to bend your head forward, especially as a sign of agreement, welcome, etc. He inclined his head in acknowledgment.
- 3[intransitive, transitive] incline (something) (to/toward something) to lean or slope in a particular direction; to make something lean or slope The land inclined gently toward the shore.
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NAmE//ɪnˈklaɪn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they incline
he / she / it inclines
past simple inclined
-ing form inclining