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as in: on an incline or incline his head Define
to be at an angle or to bend
  • Theer’s been kiender a blessing fell upon us,’ said Mr. Peggotty, reverentially inclining his head, ’and we’ve done nowt but prosper.

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  • I climbed down the incline.
  • She inclined her head to indicate her agreement.

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as in: I'm inclined to Define
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
  • I took another turn across the room, full of love for my pretty wife, and distracted by self-accusatory inclinations to knock my head against the door.
  • ’The light — for I call them, in comparison with such sentiments, the light — inclinations of very young people,’ pursued Miss Lavinia, ’are dust, compared to rocks.

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  • She required a great deal of amusement, and, like a deep old soldier, pretended, in consulting her own inclinations, to be devoting herself to her child.

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  • I’m inclined to believe him.
  • I was inclined to laugh, but overcame the urge.

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  • ’I suppose she wouldn’t be inclined to forgive him now,’ hinted Peggotty.
  • ’Why should she be inclined to forgive him now?’ said my mother, rather sharply.

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  • ’I believe,’ said Mr. Murdstone, with an inclination of his head, ’that Clara would have disputed nothing which myself and my sister Jane Murdstone were agreed was for the best.’
  • All this intelligence I dutifully imparted to my aunt, only reserving to myself the mention of little Em’ly, to whom I instinctively felt that she would not very tenderly incline.
  • I am inclined to believe, from my uncertainty on this head, that it was six at first and seven afterwards.
  • My aunt inclined her head to Mr. Murdstone, who went on: ’Miss Trotwood: on the receipt of your letter, I considered it an act of greater justice to myself, and perhaps of more respect to you-’
  • That I was strongly inclined to like it, and had taken immediately to the proposal.
  • I inclined my head, in my turn.
  • ’My blessed one for ever,’ and the like, blushed deeply, and inclined my head.
  • I inclined my head in acquiescence.

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  • I casually mentioned to Miss Trotwood, when I had the pleasure of an interview with her the other day,’ — with another inclination of his body — Punch again — ’that there was a vacancy here.
  • Mrs. Crupp always called me Mr. Copperfull: firstly, no doubt, because it was not my name; and secondly, I am inclined to think, in some indistinct association with a washing-day.
  • If I had any doubt of him, I suppose this half awakened it; but I am inclined to believe that with the simple confidence of a child, and the natural reliance of a child upon superior years (qualities I am very sorry any children should prematurely change for worldly wisdom), I had no serious mistrust of him on the whole, even then.
  • Miss Murdstone shut her eyes, and disdainfully inclined her head; then, slowly opening her eyes, resumed: ’David Copperfield, I shall not attempt to disguise the fact, that I formed an unfavourable opinion of you in your childhood.
  • ’I thank YOU, sir, if you please’; and with that, and with a little inclination of his head when he passed the bed-side, as an apology for correcting me, he went out, shutting the door as delicately as if I had just fallen into a sweet sleep on which my life depended.
  • Therefore we are inclined so far to accede to Mr. Copperfield’s proposal, as to admit his visits here.’
  • Naturally, we was both of us inclined to give such a subject a wide berth.
  • One fair evening, when Dora was not inclined to go out, my aunt and I strolled up to the Doctor’s cottage.
  • Mr. Micawber inclined his head.
  • But her face, as she turned it up to mine, was so earnest; and when I relieved her of the umbrella (which would have been an inconvenient one for the Irish Giant), she wrung her little hands in such an afflicted manner; that I rather inclined towards her.
  • But seeing how strongly she desired to remain quiet, and feeling that it was my own natural inclination too, at such a time, I did not attempt to break the silence.
  • What an evening, when Mrs. Crupp, coming in to take away the broth-basin, produced one kidney on a cheese-plate as the entire remains of yesterday’s feast, and I was really inclined to fall upon her nankeen breast and say, in heartfelt penitence, ’Oh, Mrs. Crupp, Mrs. Crupp, never mind the broken meats!
  • We wished Mr. Copperfield to be accompanied by some confidential friend today,’ with an inclination of her head towards Traddles, who bowed, ’in order that there might be no doubt or misconception on this subject.
  • Mr. Peggotty, with the shadows of the leaves playing athwart his face, made a surprised inclination of the head towards my aunt, as an acknowledgement of her good opinion; then took up the thread he had relinquished.
  • I inclined my head, without knowing what she meant; and she said, ’Come here!’ again; and returned, followed by the respectable Mr. Littimer, who, with undiminished respectability, made me a bow, and took up his position behind her.
  • Conversing with her, and hearing her sing, was such a delightful reminder to me of my happy life in the grave old house she had made so beautiful, that I could have remained there half the night; but, having no excuse for staying any longer, when the lights of Mr. Waterbrook’s society were all snuffed out, I took my leave very much against my inclination.
  • But as I had none but passing thoughts for any subject save Dora, I glanced at her, directly afterwards, and was thinking that I saw, in her prettily pettish manner, that she was not very much inclined to be particularly confidential to her companion and protector, when a bell rang, which Mr. Spenlow said was the first dinner-bell, and so carried me off to dress.

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as in: I'm inclined to Define
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
as in: on an incline or incline his head Define
to be at an angle or to bend
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