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Definitions of decline

  1. a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a downward slope or bend Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. refuse to accept; "He refused my offer of hospitality" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. change toward something smaller or lower Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. grow worse; "Conditions in the slum worsened" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. grow smaller; "Interest in the project waned" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. go down Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. show unwillingness towards; "he declined to join the group on a hike" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  11. inflect for number, gender, case, etc., "in many languages, speakers decline nouns, pronouns, and adjectives" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. go down in value; "the stock market corrected"; "prices slumped" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13. go down; "The roof declines here" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. To bend downward; to bring down; to depress; to cause to bend, or fall. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. To cause to decrease or diminish. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. 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
  20. To inflect, or rehearse in order the changes of grammatical form of; as, to decline a noun or an adjective. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. To run through from first to last; to repeat like a schoolboy declining a noun. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. 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
  23. That period of a disorder or paroxysm when the symptoms begin to abate in violence; as, the decline of a fever. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. 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
  25. To turn away; to shun; to refuse; - the opposite of accept or consent; as, he declined, upon principle. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. To bend or lean downwards; droop; draw to a close; become weak; move from the right path. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 1. A chronic progressive disease. 2. The stage of subsidence of the symptoms of an acute disease. 3. The period of catabolism or involution, coincident with beginning old age. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  30. Deviation; sinking; decay. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  31. 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.
  32. To refuse; reject. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  33. To bend down; depress; decay; diminish. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  34. To inflect, as a noun. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  35. The act or result of declining deterioration; decay. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. To turn away; to shun; to refuse; -- the opposite of accept or consent; as, he declined, upon principle. mso.anu.edu.au
  42. de-kl[=i]n', v.i. to bend or turn away from (a straight line); to deviate: to refuse: to bend down: to fail or decay: to stoop or condescend: to draw to an end.--v.t. to bend down: to turn away from: to refuse: to avoid: (gram.) to give the changes of a word in the oblique cases.--n. a falling off: deviation: decay: a gradual sinking of the bodily faculties, consumption.--adjs. DECLIN'ABLE, having inflection for the oblique cases; DECL[=I]'NAL, bending downward; DEC'LINANT (her.), having the tail hanging down--also DEC'LIVANT.--ns. DECLIN[=A]'TION, act of declining: a sloping or bending downward: deviation: (astron.) distance from the celestial equator; DEC'LIN[=A]TOR, an instrument determining declination.--adj. DECLIN'ATORY, containing a declination or refusal--ns. DECLIN'ATURE, act of declining or refusing: (law) a plea declining the jurisdiction of a judge; DECLINOM'ETER, an instrument for measuring the DECLINATION OF THE COMPASS--i.e. the deviation of the magnetic needle from the true north. [Fr. décliner--L. de, down, away from, clin[=a]re, to bend. See LEAN.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  43. Declinatio, Inclinatio, Decrementum, Remissio, Paracme, Paracmasis, (F.) Declin, from de, and clinare, 'to bend.' That period of a disorder or paroxysm, at which the symptoms begin to abate in violence. We speak, also, of the decline of life, or of the powers, (F.) Declin de lage, Lage de declin, when the physical and moral faculties lose a little of their activity and energy. See Phthisis, and Tabes. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  44. Slope downwards (usu. intr.); bend, droop, (i. & also t. as with head declined, declines its blossoms); (of day, life, &c.) draw to close; sink morally (d. on, descend to); fall off, decay, decrease, deteriorate; turn away from, refuse, (discussion, challenge, battle; d. to do, doing, to be treated in such a way); say one cannot accept (invitation &c. or abs.; d. with thanks iron., reject scornfully); (Gram.) inflect, recite the cases of, whence declinable a. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  45. Sinking, gradual loss of vigour or excellence, decay, deterioration; phthisis, consumption; fall in price; setting, last part of course, (of sun, life, &c.). [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  46. Progressive decrease, whether of disease or of the strength or health. American pocket medical dictionary.
  47. A serious deterioration of the bodily powers in consequence of old age or of chronic organic disease. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  48. A stage of decrease. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  49. n. A falling off; tendency to a worse state; diminution; deterioration;—a gradual sinking and wasting away; consumption; phthisis. Cabinet Dictionary
  50. The state of tendency to the worse, diminution, decay. Complete Dictionary

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