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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)

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.

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."