More definitions of "incline":
- (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"
- (verb): Have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined.
Synonyms: tend, be given, lean, run
- (verb): Make receptive or willing towards an action or attitude or belief.
- (verb): Lower or bend (the head or upper body), as in a nod or bow.
Example: "She inclined her head to the student"
Famous quotes containing the word incline:
“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 (15331592)
“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 entitlementa 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)
“I incline to think that the people will not now sustain the policy of upholding a State Government against a rival government, by the use of the forces of the United States. If this leads to the overthrow of the de jure government in a State, the de facto government must be recognized.”
—Rutherford Birchard Hayes (18221893)