inclination - definition in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online (US)

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “inclination”

See all translations

inclination

noun uk   us   /ˌɪn.klɪˈneɪ.ʃən/

inclination noun (FEELING)

C2 [C or U] a feeling that you want to do a particular thing, or the fact that you prefer or are more likely to do a particular thing: [+ to infinitive] My own inclination would be to look for another job. We should be basing our decisions on solid facts, not inclinations and hunches.

inclination noun (MOVEMENT)

[C] formal a small downward movement: a solemn inclination of the head

inclination noun (ANGLE)

[C usually singular, U] specialized mathematics, engineering the angle at which something slopes
Translations of “inclination”
in Chinese (Traditional) 感覺, 傾向, 愛好…
in Russian склонность, желание…
in Turkish eğilim, heves, merak…
in Chinese (Simplified) 感觉, 倾向, 爱好…
in Polish skłonność, chęć…
(Definition of inclination from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of inclination?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “inclination” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

kick off

the time when a game of football starts, or when it begins again after it has stopped because of a goal, etc.

Word of the Day

She’s got very good posture. (How we stand and sit)

by Liz Walter,
May 27, 2015
Recently on this blog, we looked at the words that we use to describe the way we move. This week we’re looking at words for describing our bodies when they are still, whether we are standing or sitting. Since most of us do far too much of this, let’s start with sitting.

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More