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[ri-klahyn] /rɪˈklaɪn/

verb (used without object), reclined, reclining.
to lean or lie back; rest in a recumbent position.
verb (used with object), reclined, reclining.
to cause to lean back on something; place in a recumbent position.
to rest or cause to rest in a leaning position

early 15c., from Old French recliner “rest, lay; bend, lean over” (13c.) and directly from Latin reclinare “to bend back, to lean back; cause to lean,” from re- “back, against” (see re-) + clinare “to bend,” from PIE *klei-n-, suffixed form of *klei “to lean” (see lean (v.)). Related: Reclined; reclining.

Recline is always as strong as lean, and generally stronger, indicating a more completely recumbent position, and approaching lie. [Century Dictionary]


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