Definitions of decline

  1. To bend from a right line; to bend downward; to droop; to stoop; to deviate; to deviate from rectitude; to refuse; to draw to an end; to decay; to sink.
  2. To refuse; reject.
  3. To bend down; depress; decay; diminish.
  4. To inflect, as a noun.
  5. To bend downward; to bring down; to depress; to cause to bend, or fall.
  6. To cause to decrease or diminish.
  7. To put or turn aside; to turn off or away from; to refuse to undertake or comply with; reject; to shun; to avoid; as, to decline an offer; to decline a contest; he declined any participation with them.
  8. To inflect, or rehearse in order the changes of grammatical form of; as, to decline a noun or an adjective.
  9. To run through from first to last; to repeat like a schoolboy declining a noun.
  10. To refuse; as, to decline an invitation; bend downwards; depress; inflect, as a noun or pronoun.
  11. To bend, or lean downward; to take a downward direction; to bend over or hang down, as from weakness, weariness, despondency, etc.; to condescend.
  12. To tend or draw towards a close, decay, or extinction; to tend to a less perfect state; to become diminished or impaired; to fail; to sink; to diminish; to lessen; as, the day declines; virtue declines; religion declines; business declines.
  13. To turn or bend aside; to deviate; to stray; to withdraw; as, a line that declines from straightness; conduct that declines from sound morals.
  14. A falling off; a tendency to a worse state; diminution or decay; deterioration; also, the period when a thing is tending toward extinction or a less perfect state; as, the decline of life; the decline of strength; the decline of virtue and religion.
  15. That period of a disorder or paroxysm when the symptoms begin to abate in violence; as, the decline of a fever.
  16. A gradual sinking and wasting away of the physical faculties; any wasting disease, esp. pulmonary consumption; as, to die of a decline.
  17. To turn away; to shun; to refuse; - the opposite of accept or consent; as, he declined, upon principle.
  18. of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives
  19. go down
  20. To bend to one side or downward; to shun; to refuse; not to engage in; to in flect.
  21. To refuse; to shun; to avoid; not to comply; to lean from a right line; to decay; to droop; to tend to a less perfect state; to sink; to diminish; to fall in value; to vary or change the termination of a noun, an adjective, or a pronoun.
  22. a downward slope or bend
  23. show unwillingness towards; " he declined to join the group on a hike"
  24. inflect for number, gender, case, etc., " in many languages, speakers decline nouns, pronouns, and adjectives"
  25. go down; " The roof declines here"
  26. A lessening; decay; a growing worse; the closing part of something; a wasting away with disease.
  27. Deviation; sinking; decay.
  28. To bend from, or down; to fail or decay; refuse; in gram., to inflect by cases.
  29. The act or result of declining deterioration; decay.
  30. A falling off; a tendency to a worse state; decay; abatement; a gradual decay of strength; consumption.
  31. Tendency to a worse state; decay; a falling off; consumption.