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

     

    tilt

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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.
  3. 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 ‘unsteady’ and Swedish tulta ‘totter’.Extra examples Her face was tilted towards the sky. She thought for a minute, her head tilted to one side. The ground tilted sharply downwards. Tilt the mirror away from you. She tilted her head back and looked up at me. The boat tilted to one side.Idioms to waste your energy attacking imaginary enemies From Cervantes’ novel Don Quixote, in which the hero thought that the windmills he saw were giants and tried to fight them. Phrasal Verbstilt at somebodytilt at something
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