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English noun: incline

1. incline (object) an elevated geological formation

SamplesHe climbed the steep slope.
The house was built on the side of a mountain.

Synonymsside, slope

Broader (hypernym)formation, geological formation

Narrower (hyponym)acclivity, ascent, bank, bank, camber, cant, canyonside, climb, coast, declension, declination, decline, declivity, descent, downslope, escarpment, fall, hillside, mountainside, piedmont, raise, rise, scarp, ski slope, upgrade, versant

Part meronymelevation, natural elevation

2. incline (artifact) an inclined surface connecting two levels


Broader (hypernym)inclined plane

Narrower (hyponym)ski jump

English verb: incline

1. incline (stative) have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined

SamplesShe tends to be nervous before her lectures.
These dresses run small.
He inclined to corpulence.

Synonymsbe given, lean, run, tend

Pattern of useSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)gravitate, suffer, take kindly to

2. incline (perception) bend or turn (one's ear) towards a speaker in order to listen well

SamplesHe inclined his ear to the wise old man.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hear, listen, take heed

3. incline (motion) lower or bend (the head or upper body), as in a nod or bow

SamplesShe inclined her head to the student.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bring down, get down, let down, lower, take down

4. incline (motion) be at an angle

SamplesThe terrain sloped down.

Synonymspitch, slope

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)angle, lean, slant, tilt, tip

Narrower (hyponym)ascend, climb, dip, fall, stoop

5. incline (emotion) feel favorably disposed or willing

SamplesShe inclines to the view that people should be allowed to expres their religious beliefs.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)experience, feel

6. incline (cognition) make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief

SamplesTheir language inclines us to believe them.


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)determine, influence, mold, regulate, shape

Narrower (hyponym)predispose

Antonymsdisincline, indispose

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