incline toward

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incline toward someone or something

1. to lean or slant toward someone or something. The piece of scenery inclined toward Roger very slowly and he jumped out of the way just in time. The tree inclined toward the direction of the wind.
2. to favor or "lean" toward choosing someone or something. I don't know which to choose. I incline toward Terri but I also favor Amy. I am inclining toward chocolate.
See also: incline, toward
References in classic literature ?
For my part, I think it a much more independent course than borrowing from friends, and I always try to impress this upon those of my acquaintance who incline toward "wanting a couple of pounds till the day after to-morrow.
The daring premise of Martha Cooley's second novel, Thirty-Three Swoons, will no doubt excite readers who incline toward realism leavened with a touch of high-concept fantasy.
I incline toward the view that campaign-finance laws merely slow the flow of money until new loopholes are found, yet that this is in itself valuable.
Here it seems that the loss of one's own potential life is a far greater loss than the gains on the other side, so that a disembodied view of the subject would incline toward the protection of a fetus against the aggression of its mother, even if one does not think that the fetus is a person at the time of an abortion.
Although Komunyakaa's poems incline toward non-referentiality, they are not characterized by the non-figurativeness nonreferential poetry reputedly strives for.
The category of beauty in art - and those other wonderful concepts that somehow incline toward "purity" and "perfection," everything crystalline, sublime, perfectly functioning - never revealed themselves in Roth's work as an ideal or ideologically given goal, but rather only as a categorical, virile desire - indeed, as painful cravings.