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Definitions of decline

  1. a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current
  2. a downward slope or bend
  3. a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state
  4. refuse to accept; " He refused my offer of hospitality"
  5. grow worse; " Conditions in the slum worsened"
  6. grow smaller; " Interest in the project waned"
  7. of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives
  8. go down
  9. show unwillingness towards; " he declined to join the group on a hike"
  10. inflect for number, gender, case, etc., " in many languages, speakers decline nouns, pronouns, and adjectives"
  11. go down; " The roof declines here"
  12. To bend, or lean downward; to take a downward direction; to bend over or hang down, as from weakness, weariness, despondency, etc.; to condescend.
  13. 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.
  14. To turn or bend aside; to deviate; to stray; to withdraw; as, a line that declines from straightness; conduct that declines from sound morals.
  15. To bend downward; to bring down; to depress; to cause to bend, or fall.
  16. To cause to decrease or diminish.
  17. 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.
  18. To inflect, or rehearse in order the changes of grammatical form of; as, to decline a noun or an adjective.
  19. To run through from first to last; to repeat like a schoolboy declining a noun.
  20. 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.
  21. That period of a disorder or paroxysm when the symptoms begin to abate in violence; as, the decline of a fever.
  22. A gradual sinking and wasting away of the physical faculties; any wasting disease, esp. pulmonary consumption; as, to die of a decline.
  23. To turn away; to shun; to refuse; - the opposite of accept or consent; as, he declined, upon principle.
  24. To refuse; as, to decline an invitation; bend downwards; depress; inflect, as a noun or pronoun.
  25. A lessening; decay; a growing worse; the closing part of something; a wasting away with disease.
  26. Deviation; sinking; decay.
  27. To bend from, or down; to fail or decay; refuse; in gram., to inflect by cases.
  28. To refuse; reject.
  29. To bend down; depress; decay; diminish.
  30. To inflect, as a noun.
  31. The act or result of declining deterioration; decay.
  32. A falling off; a tendency to a worse state; decay; abatement; a gradual decay of strength; consumption.
  33. To bend to one side or downward; to shun; to refuse; not to engage in; to in flect.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. Tendency to a worse state; decay; a falling off; consumption.
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Usage examples for decline

  1. A letter addressed to " Mrs. Arnold Brinkworth" would probably not be taken in at the door; or if it was admitted and if it was actually offered to her, she might decline to receive it, as a letter not addressed to herself. – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  2. Exactly how many years, for reasons which should be sufficiently obvious, I must decline to say. – The Beetle A Mystery by Richard Marsh
  3. As he was thinking of taking up his case, he went to his brother, saying that he wished to decline; but Oliver had been getting back his courage day by day, and declared that it was more important than ever now that he should hold his ground, and face his enemies- for Alice's sake, if not for his own. – The Metropolis by Upton Sinclair
  4. Except from him I decline to hear of it- not a word- and- and, sir, you'll please to regard my name as a secret; it has been hitherto; my liberty depends on it. – The Tenants of Malory Volume 1 of 3 by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  5. " Better decline it first," said Clapperton. – The Cock-House at Fellsgarth by Talbot Baines Reed
  6. With the decline of literature in Spain, the teaching that science is an evil spread everywhere. – The Story of Seville by Walter M. Gallichan
  7. If you again decline my request, I give you warning that I shall make a call upon you within an hour, for the loan I have advanced. – The Last Woman by Ross Beeckman
  8. She became a solitary; the neighbours said that she was in a decline. – Lore of Proserpine by Maurice Hewlett
  9. I appreciate the honor, but I beg to decline it. – The Sowers by Henry Seton Merriman
  10. With this Cesare was forced to be content, there being no reasonable grounds upon which he could decline so generous an offer. – The Life of Cesare Borgia by Raphael Sabatini
  11. As there was no good reason why he should decline this offer, Junius accepted it, and in half an hour the two were on their way. – The Late Mrs. Null by Frank Richard Stockton
  12. Say what you will, only decline to receive him." – Berlin and Sans-Souci by Louise Muhlbach
  13. I consider that this is an honour which you should not decline. – The Idol of Paris by Sarah Bernhardt
  14. I hear that you decline to be interviewed, and you won't even tell the newspapers whether this is your first visit to England or not. – The Wicked Marquis by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  15. When a child is about eleven or twelve years of age, some of these characteristics decline and others equally pronounced take their place. – Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium by Jessie H. Bancroft
  16. I decline to answer that question. – Castle Craneycrow by George Barr McCutcheon
  17. " I decline-" Here the door of the manager's room was opened, and out strode Solomon Coe, with a look of cruel triumph on his harsh features. – Bred in the Bone by James Payn
  18. I decline to trade. – The Complete Works of Artemus Ward, Part 4 by Charles Farrar Browne
  19. Lecoq was well acquainted with all these facts, and in preparing everything for May's escape, his only fear was lest the murderer might decline to profit of the opportunity. – Monsieur Lecoq by Emile Gaboriau
  20. Without giving Max time to accept or decline his invitation, he retired into his office, leaving him free to make his way back to his hotel. – Long Live the King by Guy Boothby
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