1. 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.

2. 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. "Their hearts inclined to follow Abimelech." (Judges ix. 3) "Power finds its balance, giddy motions cease In both the scales, and each inclines to peace." (Parnell)

3. To bow; to incline the head.

Synonyms: To lean, slope, slant, tend, bend.

Origin: 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.

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. "Incline thine ear, O Lord, and hear." (Is. Xxxvii. 17)

2. To impart a tendency or propensity to, as to the will or affections; to turn; to dispose; to influence. "Incline my heart unto thy testimonies." (Ps. Cxix. 36) "Incline our hearts to keep this law." (Book of Com. Prayer)

3. To bend; to cause to stoop or bow; as, to incline the head or the body in acts of reverence or civility. "With due respect my body I inclined." (Dryden)

(01 Mar 1998)