- 1[intransitive, transitive] to tend to think or behave in a particular way; to make somebody do this incline to/towards something I incline to the view that we should take no action at this stage. Young people incline towards individualistic behaviour. incline to do something The government is more effective than we incline to think. incline somebody to/towards something Lack of money inclines many young people towards 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 acknowledgement.
- 3[intransitive, transitive] incline (something) (to/towards something) to lean or slope in a particular direction; to make something lean or slope The land inclined gently towards the shore. Word Origin Middle English (originally in the sense ‘bend (the head or body) towards something’); formerly also as encline): from Old French encliner, from Latin inclinare, from in-
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BrE BrE//ɪnˈklaɪn//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈklaɪn//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they incline
BrE BrE//ɪnˈklaɪn//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈklaɪn//he / she / it inclines
BrE BrE//ɪnˈklaɪnz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈklaɪnz//past simple inclined
BrE BrE//ɪnˈklaɪnd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈklaɪnd//past participle inclined
BrE BrE//ɪnˈklaɪnd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈklaɪnd//-ing form inclining
BrE BrE//ɪnˈklaɪnɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈklaɪnɪŋ//