re·cline / riˈklīn/ • v. [intr.] lean or lie back in a relaxed position with the back supported: she was reclining in a deck chair | [as adj.] (reclining) a reclining figure. ∎ (of a seat) be able to have the back moved into a sloping position: all the seats recline. ∎ [tr.] move the back of (a seat) into a sloping position.DERIVATIVES: re·clin·a·ble adj.