Meaning of DECLINE in English


vt to cause to decrease or diminish.

2. decline ·vt to run through from first to last; to repeat like a schoolboy declining a noun.

3. decline ·vt to bend downward; to bring down; to depress; to cause to bend, or fall.

4. decline ·vi that period of a disorder or paroxysm when the symptoms begin to abate in violence; as, the decline of a fever.

5. decline ·vt to inflect, or rehearse in order the changes of grammatical form of; as, to decline a noun or an adjective.

6. decline ·vi a gradual sinking and wasting away of the physical faculties; any wasting disease, ·esp. pulmonary consumption; as, to die of a decline.

7. decline ·vi to turn away; to shun; to refuse;

— the opposite of accept or consent; as, he declined, upon principle.

8. decline ·vi to bend, or lean downward; to take a downward direction; to bend over or hang down, as from weakness, weariness, despondency, ·etc.; to condescend.

9. decline ·vi to turn or bend aside; to deviate; to stray; to withdraw; as, a line that declines from straightness; conduct that declines from sound morals.

10. decline ·vt 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. decline ·vi 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.

12. decline ·vi 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.

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