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Decline meaning

decline - 16 dictionary results

  1. 1. show unwillingness towards; " he declined to join the group on a hike"
  2. 2. inflect for number, gender, case, etc., " in many languages, speakers decline nouns, pronouns, and adjectives"
  3. 3. go down in value; " the stock market corrected"; " prices slumped"
  4. 4. go down; " The roof declines here"
  5. 5. To bend, or lean downward; to take a downward direction; to bend over or hang down, as from weakness, weariness, despondency, etc.; to condescend.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. To turn or bend aside; to deviate; to stray; to withdraw; as, a line that declines from straightness; conduct that declines from sound morals.
  8. 8. To bend downward; to bring down; to depress; to cause to bend, or fall.
  9. 9. To cause to decrease or diminish.
  10. 10. 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.
  11. 11. To inflect, or rehearse in order the changes of grammatical form of; as, to decline a noun or an adjective.
  12. 12. To run through from first to last; to repeat like a schoolboy declining a noun.
  13. 13. A gradual sinking and wasting away of the physical faculties; any wasting disease, esp. pulmonary consumption; as, to die of a decline.
  14. 14. To turn away; to shun; to refuse; - the opposite of accept or consent; as, he declined, upon principle.
  15. 15. Deviation; sinking; decay.
  16. 16. To bend from, or down; to fail or decay; refuse; in gram., to inflect by cases.

decline - examples of usage

  1. After some months of such experience the curate's spirits gradually decline; his belief in human nature is sadly shaken. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  2. However, your reasons for wishing to decline the command of the militia, may be more pressing than I imagine. - "A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion", William Dobein James.
  3. I decline to have anything to do with you, or to allow the slightest communication between us. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
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