■ inclination :
[N-VAR] usu with supp, oft N to-inf, oft with brd-neg △An inclination is a feeling that makes you want to act in a particular way.
- He had neither the time nor the inclination to think of other things...
1 [VERB] V to/towards n, V n to/towards n, V n to-inf, V to-inf △If you incline to think or act in a particular way, or if something inclines you to it, you are likely to think or act in that way. (FORMAL)
- I incline to the view that he is right.
- ...the factors which incline us towards particular beliefs...
- Many end up as team leaders, which inclines them to co-operate with the bosses...
- Those who fail incline to blame the world for their failure.
3 [N-COUNT] △An incline is land that slopes at an angle. (FORMAL) (= slope)
- He came to a halt at the edge of a steep incline.