Definition of "incline" []

  • To deviate from the horizontal or vertical; slant. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be disposed to a certain preference, opinion, or course of action. (verb-intransitive)
  • To lower or bend the head or body, as in a nod or bow. (verb-intransitive)
  • To cause to lean, slant, or slope. (verb-transitive)
  • To influence to have a certain tendency; dispose: Recent events incline us to distrust all politicians. (verb-transitive)
  • To deviate or cause to deviate from a particular plane, esp a vertical or horizontal plane; slope or slant (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To be disposed or cause to be disposed (towards some attitude or to do something) (verb)
  • To bend or lower (part of the body, esp the head), as in a bow or in order to listen (verb)
  • An inclined surface or slope; gradient (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "incline" in a sentence
  • "The adminstration says the "incline is not as steep", that's because employment and the economy are on the DECLINE."
  • "The steep incline from the main part of campus toward the impressive new athletic complex and the sea reminds me of Southern California."
  • "In any other country in the world such perilous diversions would be illegal, and punishable by "fine or imprisonment," and the police would interfere to prevent them; but here nobody thinks of preventing anybody from doing anything, and in Boston a street, in one of the most populous parts of the city, being a steep incline, is entirely given up to the boys and their sledding."