Verb in French for incline: incliner
(also to tilt, lean, be inclined to...)

            The French verb for incline is the regular ER verb incliner. It also means to tilt, to lean, to be inclined or swayed towards something.

To remember this imagine Frenchmen are INCLINED to ski down a surface that's been INCLINED.

Related words/phrases are:
  • s'incliner: to make someone inclined towards something.
  • s'incliner: to bow.
  • pencher: to tilt.
  • se pencher: to lean forward, (literally to tilt oneself forward).
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to incline, tilt, lean, be inclined to: incliner
Imagine French skiers are INCLINED to ski down the INCLINED slope.

Simple Tenses incliner

incline, tilt
incline inclines incline inclinons inclinez inclinent
Past Imperfect
inclinais inclinais inclinait inclinions incliniez inclinaient
Simple Past
Passé Simple

inclinai inclinas inclina inclinâmes inclinâtes inclinèrent

will incline, tilt
inclinerai inclineras inclinera inclinerons inclinerez inclineront

would incline, tilt
inclinerais inclinerais inclinerait inclinerions inclineriez inclineraient

may incline, tilt
incline inclines incline inclinions incliniez inclinent
Compound Tenses incliner
Present Perfect
Passé Composé

have inclined
ai incliné as incliné a incliné avons incliné avez incliné ont incliné
Past Perfect

had inclined
avais incliné avais incliné avait incliné avions incliné aviez incliné avaient incliné
Future Perfect
Futur Antérieur

will have inclined
aurai incliné auras incliné aura incliné aurons incliné aurez incliné auront incliné
Conditional Perfect
Conditionnel Passé

would have inclined
aurais incliné aurais incliné aurait incliné aurions incliné auriez incliné auraient incliné

incline! tilt!
incline inclinons inclinez

        MORE on the FRENCH VERB incliner

  • s'incliner à penser quelquechose: to be inclined to think something, to lean towards thinking something, to be swayed towards something;
  • Compare this with the French verb basculer;
  • se balancer sur une chaise: to lean back on a chair
Consider also the English 'to be inclined to':
  • avoir tendance à:
To lean on or lean against is:
  • adosser à quelquechose ou ...
  • the reflexive s'adosser à quelquechose ...
  • adosser contre quelquechose ou ...
  • the reflexive s'adosser contre quelquechose ou ...
  • appuyer sur quelquechose or ...
  • appuyer contre quelquechose...;
  • or the reflexive verb: s'appuyer sur quelquechose,
  • or the reflexive verb: s'appuyer contre quelquechose.


  • The French verb for incline, incliner is another regular ER verb conjugated using the same pattern of endings as 5,000+ other regular ER verbs.
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