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as in: on an incline or incline his head Define
to be at an angle or to bend
  • inclining her head as she spoke in the direction of the room where Fanny lay.
  • She was standing behind a low arm-chair, from which she had just risen, and he was kneeling in it—inclining himself over its back towards her, and holding her hand in both his own.

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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
  • And I’m inclined to think we’d better keep quiet.

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

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  • "It is mine," said she, and, from a sense of proportion, kept down to a small smile an inclination to laugh distinctly: "it flew away last night."
  • "Incline the edge so," he said.

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  • Hands and shears were inclined to suit the words, and held thus for a peculiarly long time by the instructor as he spoke.
  • Casually glancing over the hedge, Oak saw coming down the incline before him an ornamental spring waggon, painted yellow and gaily marked, drawn by two horses, a waggoner walking alongside bearing a whip perpendicularly.
  • The young woman, whose eyelids were apparently inclined to fall together on the smallest provocation of silence, yawned without parting her lips to any inconvenient extent, whereupon Gabriel caught the infection and slightly yawned in sympathy.
  • Before he worried you your inclination was to have me; when next I should have come to you your answer would have been Yes.
  • One Saturday evening in the month of October Bathsheba’s vehicle was duly creeping up this incline.
  • Throughout the length of this narrow and irksome inclined plane not a sign of life was visible on this garish afternoon.
  • And even, Miss Everdene, if you seriously inclined towards him, you might have let him find it out in some way of true loving-kindness, and not by sending him a valentine’s letter."
  • …exhausting himself in attempts to get back to the mouth of the cove, in his weakness swimming several inches deeper than was his wont, keeping up his breathing entirely by his nostrils, turning upon his back a dozen times over, swimming en papillon, and so on, Troy resolved as a last resource to tread water at a slight incline, and so endeavour to reach the shore at any point, merely giving himself a gentle impetus inwards whilst carried on in the general direction of the tide.

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  • "I have pressed her upon the subject, and she inclines to be kind to me, and to think of me as a husband at a long future time, and that’s enough for me.
  • "I don’t know for certain; but I should be inclined to think it was from general neshness of constitution.
  • He used, too, to hold the money-plate at Let Your Light so Shine, and stand godfather to poor little come-by-chance children; and he kept a missionary box upon his table to nab folks unawares when they called; yes, and he would box the charity-boys’ ears, if they laughed in church, till they could hardly stand upright, and do other deeds of piety natural to the saintly inclined."

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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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