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The Definition of - declining (adjective)

    verb (used with object), declined, declining.
    to withhold or deny consent to do, enter into or upon, etc.; refuse:
    He declined to say more about it.
    to express inability or reluctance to accept; refuse with courtesy:
    to decline an invitation; to decline an offer.
    to cause to slope or incline downward.
    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.
    to express courteous refusal; refuse:
    We sent him an invitation but he declined.
    to bend or slant down; slope downward; descend:
    The hill declines to the lake.
    (of pathways, routes, objects, etc.) to follow a downward course or path:
    The sun declined in the skies.
    to draw toward the close, as the day.
    to fail in strength, vigor, character, value, etc.; deteriorate.
    to fail or dwindle; sink or fade away:
    to decline in popularity.
    to descend, as to an unworthy level; stoop.
    Grammar. to be characterized by declension.
    a downward slope; declivity.
    a downward movement, as of prices or population; diminution:
    a decline in the stock market.
    a failing or gradual loss, as in strength, character, power, or value; deterioration:
    the decline of the Roman Empire.
    a gradual deterioration of the physical powers, as in later life or in disease:
    After his seventieth birthday he went into a decline.
    progress downward or toward the close, as of the sun or the day.
    the later years or last part:
    He became an editor in the decline of his life.

Word Example of - declining

    Example Sentences for declining

    But his health, which had long been in a declining state, began to give way rapidly.

    “Thank you, I do not smoke,” said Bertram, declining the proffered luxury.

    So far from declining through our long separation from each other, her affection for me, her foster-brother, had increased.

    He pitied the very baroness herself, and forgave her declining his visit.

    They then came upon an immense plain, declining in the direction of the sun's approach.

    For all his deformity and declining years, she descended on us like Paul Revere.

    I thought he meant to try his skill, by his manner of declining it yesterday.

    He, too, was clad in cottonade and linen—though that was not the reason for my declining his offer.

    I kept trying to get Darryl and Van to one of our planning sessions, but they kept on declining.

    She could give no reasonable excuse for declining to go at this late day.

Word Origin & History of - declining

    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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