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The Definition of - decline (verb)

    verb (used with object), declined, declining.
    1.
    to withhold or deny consent to do, enter into or upon, etc.; refuse:
    He declined to say more about it.
    2.
    to express inability or reluctance to accept; refuse with courtesy:
    to decline an invitation; to decline an offer.
    3.
    to cause to slope or incline downward.
    4.
    Grammar.
    1. to inflect (a noun, pronoun, or adjective), as Latin puella, declined puella, puellae, puellae, puellam, puella in the five cases of the singular.
    2. to recite or display all or some subset of the inflected forms of a noun, pronoun, or adjective in a fixed order.
    verb (used without object), declined, declining.
    5.
    to express courteous refusal; refuse:
    We sent him an invitation but he declined.
    6.
    to bend or slant down; slope downward; descend:
    The hill declines to the lake.
    7.
    (of pathways, routes, objects, etc.) to follow a downward course or path:
    The sun declined in the skies.
    8.
    to draw toward the close, as the day.
    9.
    to fail in strength, vigor, character, value, etc.; deteriorate.
    10.
    to fail or dwindle; sink or fade away:
    to decline in popularity.
    11.
    to descend, as to an unworthy level; stoop.
    12.
    Grammar. to be characterized by declension.
    noun
    13.
    a downward slope; declivity.
    14.
    a downward movement, as of prices or population; diminution:
    a decline in the stock market.
    15.
    a failing or gradual loss, as in strength, character, power, or value; deterioration:
    the decline of the Roman Empire.
    16.
    a gradual deterioration of the physical powers, as in later life or in disease:
    After his seventieth birthday he went into a decline.
    17.
    progress downward or toward the close, as of the sun or the day.
    18.
    the later years or last part:
    He became an editor in the decline of his life.

Word Example of - decline

    Example Sentences for decline

    For some years, however, grape-growing along the Hudson has been on the decline.

    Again we must decline to measure the good and the evil of the system.

    It is more difficult to preserve it, and it generally dies of decline.

    That it is not that you cannot give any explanation, but that you decline to give it.

    He offered a lieutenancy to Ferens, who had the courage to decline it.

    Receive Monsieur Raynal, and decline his offer if you think proper.

    The lady-helps have their own apartment; but I decline to justify myself.

    "I must decline to answer that question," said Hurlstone curtly.

    He was conscious that he must decline now, and definitely, and the insistence of her request made the duty harder every second.

    With the increase of his party was the decline of spirituality.

Word Origin & History of - decline

    Word Origin & History

    decline early 14c., "to turn aside, deviate," from O.Fr. decliner "to bend, turn aside," from L. declinare "to bend from, inflect," from de- "from" + clinare "to bend," from PIE *klei-n-, suffixed form of *klei "to lean" (see lean (v.)). Sense has been altered since 15c. by interpretation of de- as "downward." Meaning "not to consent" is from 1630s.

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