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as in: on an incline or incline his head Define
to be at an angle or to bend
  • She answered by the silent affirmation of closing her eyes and inclining her head.
  • He bowed to Dagny, inclining his head in a manner that appeared as a simple gesture of leave-taking to Rearden, as a gesture of acceptance to her.

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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 knew your real nature and inclinations.
  • Please accept my apology, Miss Taggart, if I gave you the impression that I suspected the existence of a relationship which I would consider improbable for you and-from my knowledge of his inclinations-impossible for my husband.

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

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unspecified meaning
  • She could have forgiven all the omissions, but one: Dagny showed no sign of interest in men, no romantic inclination whatever.
  • She inclined her head.

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  • I’d be inclined to suspect the opposite.
  • He remained standing, but he inclined his head a little, in assent, and said, "I will listen, if that will help you."
  • She inclined her head, in the manner of a nod signifying obedience.
  • She inclined her head, in acknowledgment.
  • Oh, a fat slob that’s inclined to overreach himself.
  • "I’m inclined to believe that that’s a rumor created by public hysteria," said Dr. Ferris dryly.
  • She inclined her head, by way of leave-taking, and walked on.
  • He inclined his head, letting it say the rest, then walked out of the office.

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  • She inclined her head in a dryly formal acknowledgment.
  • She did not know whether she was introducing to New York society Miss Dagny Taggart of the Social Register or the night operator of Rockdale Station; she was inclined to believe it was more truly this last; and she felt certain that Dagny would reject the idea of such an occasion.
  • She inclined her head.
  • She inclined her head.
  • She inclined her head.
  • She inclined her head in silent greeting-it was like a greeting to the loss and the pain of the past, to a desolate evening and the desperate face of Eddie Willers telling her the news of this man’s disappearancehurt badly?
  • It was her first few steps up the rocky incline that stopped her, as if there were no need to move forward, no further place to rise-and she stood as in the moment when she had opened her eyes on the earth of the valley, a moment uniting her beginning to her goal.
  • She nodded, slowly, holding her head inclined for a long moment hi acquiescence and in homage.
  • Slowly, Galt rose to his feet and inclined his head, as in acceptance of a verdict.
  • Dagny inclined her head gravely.
  • She inclined her head in silent promise.
  • Francisco inclined his head in acceptance, and answered, "Thank you, Hank."
  • He inclined his head and held it lowered for a long moment.
  • He inclined his head, as if in sign of admittance.
  • She inclined her head.
  • She inclined her head.
  • She closed her eyes and inclined her head in open admission of defeat-defeat in the argument and in her attempt to face calmly the full meaning of that which she was leaving.
  • She was about to speak, but knew that she couldn’t, even if he had permitted it, she caught her unuttered words, the movement of her lips was her only answer, then she inclined her head in acceptance.
  • She saw the anger in his face-the rebellion against pity-the look of saying to her contemptuously that he had betrayed no torture and needed no help-then the look of the realization that she knew his face as thoroughly as he knew hers-he closed his eyes, he inclined his head a little, and he said very quietly, "Thank you."
  • She inclined her head, slowly, in acknowledgment to the men before her, knowing that these were the men whose standards of value and honor were the same as her own, the men who recognized the glory of that title as she recognized it, knowing with a sudden stab of wistfulness how much she had longed for that recognition through all her years.
  • She inclined her head and said gravely, "All right.
  • "I’m inclined to think," said Dr. Ferris hastily, "that Point Two, perhaps, is the most essential one of all at present.

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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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