More definitions of "incline":
- (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"
- (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
Famous quotes containing the word incline:
“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)
“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)
“If Jesus, or his likeness, should now visit the earth, what church of the many which now go by his name would he enter? Or, if tempted by curiosity, he should incline to look into all, which do you think would not shut the door in his face?... It seems to me ... that as one who loved peace, taught industry, equality, union, and love, one towards another, Jesus were he alive at this day, would recommend you to come out of your churches of faith, and to gather into schools of knowledge.”
—Frances Wright (17951852)