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Definition of recline verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they recline
    he / she / it reclines
    past simple reclined
    -ing form reclining
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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 backward 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
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