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Syllabification: re·cline
Pronunciation: /rəˈklīn

Definition of recline in English:


[no object]
1Lean or lie back in a relaxed position with the back supported: she was reclining in a deck chair (as adjective reclining) a reclining figure
More example sentences
  • Rita leaned back and reclined in the backseat of the black luxury car that was taking her to her new home, which to Rita, was really a prison.
  • The garden was perfect for strolling, but rather too formal for reclining, sprawling or lounging in the bright spring sunshine.
  • A figure playing Neptune reclines on a sail-covered chest, a trident in hand and a merman by his side.
lie, lie down, lie back, lean back;
be recumbent;
relax, repose, loll, lounge, sprawl, stretch out
literary couch
1.1(Of a seat) be able to have the back moved into a sloping position: all the seats recline
More example sentences
  • He decided to stay in the power chair because the seat reclines.
  • The seats reclined fully so that they turned into beds, and there was enough space for you not to have to worry about the person behind you getting annoyed because your reclining seat was resting on their knees.
  • Because of the emergency exit, my seat did not recline!
1.2 [with object] Move the back of (a seat) into a sloping position.
Example sentences
  • The guy ahead of me reclines his chair so far back into my face, it practically touches my nose.
  • It turns out that she just isn't strong enough to pull the release handle that reclines the chair.
  • Xavier reclined his chair and tried to appear at ease.


late Middle English (in the sense 'cause to lean back'): from Old French recliner or Latin reclinare 'bend back, recline', from re- 'back' + clinare 'to bend'.



Example sentences
  • We all sat in these nice reclinable chairs and just lapped up the gorgeous views!
  • This racing seat is fully reclinable and arguably one of the best seats to come out of Japan.

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