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.
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.