AskDefine | Define incline

Dictionary Definition



1 an elevated geological formation; "he climbed the steep slope"; "the house was built on the side of the mountain" [syn: slope, side]
2 an inclined surface or roadway that moves traffic from one level to another [syn: ramp]


1 have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined; "She tends to be nervous before her lectures"; "These dresses run small"; "He inclined to corpulence" [syn: tend, be given, lean, run]
2 bend or turn (one's ear) towards a speaker in order to listen well; "He inclined his ear to the wise old man"
3 lower or bend (the head or upper body), as in a nod or bow; "She inclined her head to the student"
4 be at an angle; "The terrain sloped down" [syn: slope, pitch]
5 make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief; "Their language inclines us to believe them" [syn: dispose] [ant: indispose]

User Contributed Dictionary



From encliner (modern incliner), from inclinare.


  • (verb): , /ɪnˈklaɪn/, /In"klaIn/
  • (noun): , /ˈɪn.klaɪn/, /"InklaIn/


  1. To bend or move (something) out of a given plane or direction, often the horizontal or vertical.
    He had to incline his body against the gusts to avoid being blown down in the storm.
    The people following the coffin inclined their heads in grief.
  2. To slope.
    Over the centuries the wind made the walls of the farmhouse incline.
  3. To tend to do or believe something, or move in a certain direction, away from a point of view, attitude, etc.
    He inclines to believe anything he reads in the newspapers.
    I'm inclined to give up smoking after hearing of the risks to my health.
    • Usage note: In this sense incline'' is usually used in the passive voice.


bend (something) out of a given plane or direction
to tend to do or believe something


  1. A slope.
    To reach the building, we had to climb a steep incline.





  1. Form of First-person singular present subjunctive, incliner
  2. Form of Third-person singular present subjunctive, incliner
  3. Form of Second-person singular imperative, incliner



  1. inclined, prone


Extensive Definition

Incline, inclined, inclining, or inclination may refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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