from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To deviate from the horizontal or vertical; slant.
- intransitive v. To be disposed to a certain preference, opinion, or course of action.
- intransitive v. To lower or bend the head or body, as in a nod or bow.
- transitive v. To cause to lean, slant, or slope.
- transitive v. To influence to have a certain tendency; dispose: Recent events incline us to distrust all politicians.
- transitive v. To bend or lower in a nod or bow: inclined her head in acquiescence.
- n. An inclined surface; a slope or gradient.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To bend or move (something) out of a given plane or direction, often the horizontal or vertical.
- v. To slope.
- v. To tend to do or believe something, or move or be moved in a certain direction, away from a point of view, attitude, etc.
- n. A slope.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To deviate from a line, direction, or course, toward an object; to lean; to tend
- intransitive v. Fig.: To lean or tend, in an intellectual or moral sense; to favor an opinion, a course of conduct, or a person; to have a propensity or inclination; to be disposed.
- intransitive v. To bow; to incline the head.
- transitive v. To cause to deviate from a line, position, or direction; to give a leaning, bend, or slope to
- transitive v. To impart a tendency or propensity to, as to the will or affections; to turn; to dispose; to influence.
- transitive v. To bend; to cause to stoop or bow.
- n. An inclined plane; an ascent or descent; a grade or gradient; a slope.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bend down; lean; turn obliquely from or toward a given direction or position; deviate from a line or course; tend: as, the column inclines from the perpendicular.
- To bow; bend the head or the body, especially as a mark of courtesy or respect.
- To have a mental bent or tendency; be disposed; tend, as toward an opinion, a course of action, etc.
- To tend, in a physical sense; approximate.
- In marching, to gain ground to the flank, as well as to the front.
- To bend down; cause to lean; give a leaning to; cause to deviate from or toward a given line, position, or direction; direct.
- To bend (the body), as in an act of reverence or civility; cause to stoop or bow.
- To give a tendency or propension to; turn; dispose.
- n. An inclination; a bow.
- n. An inclined plane; an ascent or a descent, as in a road or a railway;a slope.
- n. A shaft or mine-opening having considerable inclination.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief
- v. be at an angle
- v. bend or turn (one's ear) towards a speaker in order to listen well
- n. an elevated geological formation
- v. have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined
- v. lower or bend (the head or upper body), as in a nod or bow
- v. feel favorably disposed or willing
- n. an inclined surface connecting two levels
Middle English enclinen, from Old French encliner, from Latin inclīnāre : in-, into, toward; see in-2 + -clīnāre, to lean; see klei- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French encliner (modern incliner), from Latin inclīnō ("incline, tilt"), from in- + clīnō (c.f. -cline), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱley- (English lean). (Wiktionary)