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Definitions of decline

  1. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To refuse; reject. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To bend down; depress; decay; diminish. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  4. To inflect, as a noun. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. To bend downward; to bring down; to depress; to cause to bend, or fall. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To cause to decrease or diminish. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To inflect, or rehearse in order the changes of grammatical form of; as, to decline a noun or an adjective. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To run through from first to last; to repeat like a schoolboy declining a noun. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To refuse; as, to decline an invitation; bend downwards; depress; inflect, as a noun or pronoun. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. To bend, or lean downward; to take a downward direction; to bend over or hang down, as from weakness, weariness, despondency, etc.; to condescend. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To turn or bend aside; to deviate; to stray; to withdraw; as, a line that declines from straightness; conduct that declines from sound morals. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. That period of a disorder or paroxysm when the symptoms begin to abate in violence; as, the decline of a fever. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. A gradual sinking and wasting away of the physical faculties; any wasting disease, esp. pulmonary consumption; as, to die of a decline. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. To turn away; to shun; to refuse; - the opposite of accept or consent; as, he declined, upon principle. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. grow worse; "Conditions in the slum worsened" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  19. of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. go down Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. To bend to one side or downward; to shun; to refuse; not to engage in; to in flect. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. 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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  23. a downward slope or bend Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  24. show unwillingness towards; "he declined to join the group on a hike" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  25. inflect for number, gender, case, etc., "in many languages, speakers decline nouns, pronouns, and adjectives" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  26. go down; "The roof declines here" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  27. A lessening; decay; a growing worse; the closing part of something; a wasting away with disease. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  28. Deviation; sinking; decay. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  29. To bend from, or down; to fail or decay; refuse; in gram., to inflect by cases. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  30. The act or result of declining deterioration; decay. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  31. A falling off; a tendency to a worse state; decay; abatement; a gradual decay of strength; consumption. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  32. Tendency to a worse state; decay; a falling off; consumption. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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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
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