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.
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.