AskDefine | Define recline

Dictionary Definition



1 move the upper body backwards and down [syn: lean back]
2 cause to recline; "She reclined her head on the pillow"
3 lean in a comfortable resting position; "He was reposing on the couch" [syn: recumb, repose]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Latin reclinare, "to bend back". Confer "decline", "incline".


  1. To cause to lean back; to bend back.
  2. To put in a resting position.
    She reclined her arms on the table and sighed.
  3. To lean back.
  4. To put one's self in a resting position.


Related terms

decline; incline; lie down; lie back

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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