What is incline?

  • (verb): Lower or bend (the head or upper body), as in a nod or bow.
    Example: "She inclined her head to the student"
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "incline":

  • (noun): An inclined surface or roadway that moves traffic from one level to another.
    Synonyms: ramp
  • (verb): Have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined.
    Synonyms: tend, be given, lean, run
  • (noun): An elevated geological formation.
    Synonyms: slope, side
  • (verb): Make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief.
    Synonyms: dispose
  • (verb): Bend or turn (one's ear) towards a speaker in order to listen well.
    Example: "He inclined his ear to the wise old man"

Famous quotes containing the word incline:

    Many older wealthy families have learned to instill a sense of public service in their offspring. But newly affluent middle-class parents have not acquired this skill. We are using our children as symbols of leisure-class standing without building in safeguards against an overweening sense of entitlement—a sense of entitlement that may incline some young people more toward the good life than toward the hard work that, for most of us, makes the good life possible.
    David Elkind (20th century)

    Education must have two foundations—morality as a support for virtue, prudence as a defence for self against the vices of others. By letting the balance incline to the side of morality, you only make dupes or martyrs; by letting it incline to the other, you make calculating egoists.
    —Sébastien-Roch Nicolas De Chamfort (1741–1794)

    We took advantage of [the Indians’] ignorance and inexperience to incline them the more easily toward treachery, lewdness, avarice, and every sort of inhumanity and cruelty, after the example and pattern of our ways.
    Michel de Montaigne (1533–1592)