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Incline


INCLI'NE, verb transitive [Latin inclino; in and clino; Eng. to lean.]

1. To lean; to deviate from an erect or parallel line toward any object; to tend. Converging lines incline toward each other. A road inclines to the north or south. Connecticut river runs south, inclining in some part of its course to the west, and below middletown, it inclines to the east.

2. To lean; in a moral sense; to have a propension; to be disposed; to have some wish or desire.

Their hearts inclined to follow Abimelech. Judges 9:3.

3. To have an appetite; to be disposed; as, to be inclined to eat.

INCLI'NE, verb transitive To cause to deviate from an erect, perpendicular or parallel line; to give a leaning to; as, incline the column or post to the east; incline your head to the right.

1. To give a tendency or propension to the will or affections; to turn; to dispose.

Incline our hearts to keep this law.

Incline my heart to thy testimonies. Psalms 119:36.

2. To bend; to cause to stoop or bow; as, to incline the head or the body in acts of reverence or civility.