decline [dē klīn′, diklīn′]
declined, declining [ME declinen < OFr decliner, to bend, turn aside < L declinare, to bend from, inflect < de-, from (see DE-) + clinare, to bend: see LEAN1]
1. to bend, turn, or slope downward or aside
a) to sink, as the setting sun
b) to approach the end; wane [the day is declining]
3. to lessen in force, health, value, etc.; deteriorate; decay
4. to descend to behavior that is base or immoral
5. to refuse to accept or do something, esp. in a way that is formally polite
1. to cause to bend or slope downward or aside
2. to refuse, esp. in a formally polite way [I must decline your offer]
3. Gram. to inflect (a noun, pronoun, or adjective) systematically, giving its different forms according to case, number, and gender
1. a declining or becoming less, smaller, etc.; decay
2. a failing of health, etc.
3. a period of decline
4. the last part [the decline of life]
5. Archaic a wasting disease
6. a downward slope
SYN.- DECLINE implies courtesy in expressing one's nonacceptance of an invitation, proposal, etc. [he declined the nomination ]; REFUSE1 is a more direct, sometimes even blunt term, implying an emphatic denial of a request, demand, etc. [to refuse a person money ]; REJECT stresses a negative or antagonistic attitude and implies positive refusal to accept, use, believe, etc. [they rejected the damaged goods ]; REPUDIATE implies the disowning, disavowal, or casting off with condemnation of a person or thing as having no authority, worth, validity, truth, etc. [to repudiate the claims of faith healers ]; to SPURN is to refuse or reject with contempt or disdain [she spurned his attentions ] -ANT. ACCEPT

English World dictionary. . 2014.


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