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reclineverb

uk   /rɪˈklaɪn/  us   /rɪˈklaɪn/ formal
[I or T] to ​lean or ​lie back with the ​upperpart of ​yourbody in a ​nearlyhorizontalposition: She was reclining ​elegantly on the ​sofa. He reclined his ​head against/on my ​shoulder.
[T] If you recline a ​chair, you ​change the ​position of ​its back so that it is in a ​leaningposition.
reclining
adjective [before noun] uk   /rɪˈklaɪ.nɪŋ/  us   /rɪˈklaɪ.nɪŋ/
The ​bus has ​airconditioning and reclining seats.
(Definition of recline from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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reclineverb [I/T]

 us   /rɪˈklɑɪn/
to ​lean or ​lie back with the ​upperpart of ​yourbody in a ​nearlyhorizontalposition, or to ​cause (something) to ​lean back: [I] Hacker was reclining ​leisurely in an ​officechair, his ​legspropped up on a ​desk.
If a ​seat reclines, you can ​change the ​position of ​its back so that it is in a ​leaningposition: [I] The ​bus has ​airconditioning and ​seats that recline/reclining ​seats.
(Definition of recline from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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