When you recline, you lounge or lean back. It isn't safe to recline while you're driving a car. However, it's perfectly safe to recline on your couch while you watch TV.

When you lie back in your hammock, you recline, and when you tilt your airplane seat into the lap of the person sitting behind you, you recline it. You might even have a special chair that reclines when you lean back in it, magically providing you with a footrest — it's called a recliner. Recline, from the Latin reclinare, "to bend back," shares a Proto-Indo-European root with lean.

Definitions of recline

v move the upper body backwards and down

lean back
fall back
fall backwards and down
Type of:
angle, lean, slant, tilt, tip
incline or bend from a vertical position

v lean in a comfortable resting position

recumb, repose
be at rest
catch some Z's, kip, log Z's, sleep, slumber
be asleep
be on the verge of sleeping
Type of:
be lying, be prostrate; be in a horizontal position

v cause to recline

“She reclined her head on the pillow”
recumb, repose
lean in a comfortable resting position
Type of:
lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location

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