Definition of incline :
1. An inclined plane; an ascent o descent; a grade or gradient; a slope.
2. 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.
3. To bend; to cause to stoop or bow; as, to incline the head or the body in acts of reverence or civility.
4. To bow; to incline the head.
5. To cause to deviate from a line, position, or direction; to give a leaning, bend, or slope to; as, incline the column or post to the east; incline your head to the right.
6. To deviate from a line, direction, or course, toward an object; to lean; to tend; as, converging lines incline toward each other; a road inclines to the north or south.
7. To impart a tendency or propensity to, as to the will or affections; to turn; to dispose; to influence.
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tend (part of speech: verb)
- Your father's partners incline to the hope that it may prove so; but I have no hope, no hope. - "Salome", Emma Marshall.
- To attain an end so indispensable if, in my studies, I was worked out to my limit, I would incline to the discussion of questions that would not send me to the library but into the open air, themes on which I could prepare myself during a stroll, subjects that I could stick in the corner of a mirror to formulate while I shaved. - "Revisiting the Earth", James Langdon Hill.
- Better if they'd had water running down the incline, though, and sent all the boats in that way. - "Punch 1893.07.29", Various.