incline
I. verb (inclined; inclining) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French incliner, encliner, from Latin inclinare, from in- + clinare to lean — more at lean Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to bend the head or body forward ; bow 2. to lean, tend, or become drawn toward an opinion or course of conduct 3. to deviate from a line, direction, or course; specifically to deviate from the vertical or horizontal transitive verb 1. to cause to stoop or bow ; bend 2. to have influence on ; persuade <
his love of books inclined him toward a literary career
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3. to give a bend or slant to • incliner noun Synonyms: incline, bias, dispose, predispose mean to influence one to have or take an attitude toward something. incline implies a tendency to favor one of two or more actions or conclusions <
I incline to agree
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. bias suggests a settled and predictable leaning in one direction and connotes unfair prejudice <
the experience biased him against foreigners
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. dispose suggests an affecting of one's mood or temper so as to incline one toward something <
her nature disposes her to trust others
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. predispose implies the operation of a disposing influence well in advance of the opportunity to manifest itself <
does fictional violence predispose them to accept real violence?
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. II. noun Date: 1846 an inclined plane ; grade, slope

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  • incliné — incliné, ée [ ɛ̃kline ] adj. • encliné 1534; de incliner 1 ♦ Placé dans une position oblique. (Par rapport au plan horizontal). Toits très inclinés. ⇒ pentu. (Par rapport au plan vertical). Dossier d un siège en position inclinée. « Il avait la… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Incline — In*cline , v. t. 1. 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. [1913 Webster] Incline thine ear, O Lord, and hear. Is …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • incliné — incliné, ée (in kli né, née) part. passé d incliner. 1°   Qui fait un angle par rapport à une certaine direction. •   Cette ligne, qui fait le milieu de la bande du nouveau continent, est inclinée à l équateur d environ 30 degrés, BUFF. Hist. nat …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • incline — vb 1 lean, *slant, slope Analogous words: bend, *curve: *swerve, veer, deviate: deflect, *turn 2 Incline, bias, dispose, predispose mean to influence one to take a stated or implied attitude to something or to someone or to ha …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Incline — In*cline , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Inclined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inclining}.] [OE. inclinen, enclinen, OF. encliner, incliner, F. incliner, L. inclinare; pref. in in + clinare to bend, incline; akin to E. lean. See {Lean} to incline.] [1913 Webster] 1 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • incline — [n] slope acclivity, approach, ascent, cant, declivity, descent, dip, grade, gradient, inclination, lean, leaning, plane, ramp, rise, slant, tilt; concept 738 incline [v1] tend toward affect, be disposed, bend, be partial, be predisposed, be… …   New thesaurus

  • incline — index convince, desire, dispose (incline), gravitate, lobby, motivate, preconceive, prompt, slant …   Law dictionary

  • incliné — Incliné, [inclin]ée. part. Corps incliné. la teste inclinée …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • incline — [in klīn′; ] for n., usually [ in′klīn΄] vi. inclined, inclining [ME enclinen < OFr encliner < L inclinare < in , on, to + clinare, to LEAN1] 1. to deviate from a horizontal or vertical position, course, etc.; lean; slope; slant 2. to… …   English World dictionary

  • Incline — In*cline , n. An inclined plane; an ascent or descent; a grade or gradient; a slope. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Incline — Incline, inclined, inclining, or inclination may refer to:* Inclined plane * Inclination (and a novella of the same name) * cable hauled railways * Inclined loop * Inclined rig * Inclined soles * Inclined tower * Inclining test * Slope …   Wikipedia

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