from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To express polite refusal.
- intransitive v. To slope downward; descend.
- intransitive v. To bend downward; droop.
- intransitive v. To degrade or lower oneself; condescend.
- intransitive v. To deteriorate gradually; fail.
- intransitive v. To sink, as the setting sun.
- intransitive v. To draw to a gradual close; wane.
- transitive v. To refuse politely: I declined their offer of help. See Synonyms at refuse1.
- transitive v. To cause to slope or bend downward.
- transitive v. Grammar To inflect (a noun, a pronoun, or an adjective) for number and case.
- n. The process or result of declining, especially a gradual deterioration.
- n. A downward movement.
- n. The period when something approaches an end.
- n. A downward slope; a declivity.
- n. A disease that gradually weakens or wastes the body.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Downward movement, fall.
- n. A sloping downward, e.g. of a hill or road.
- n. A weakening.
- n. A reduction or diminution of activity.
- v. To move downwards, to fall, to drop.
- v. To become weaker or worse.
- v. To refuse, forbear.
- v. To list the inflected forms of a noun, pronoun (and in some languages adjective) for case and number.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To bend, or lean downward; to take a downward direction; to bend over or hang down, as from weakness, weariness, despondency, etc.; to condescend.
- intransitive v. 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
- intransitive v. To turn or bend aside; to deviate; to stray; to withdraw
- intransitive v. To turn away; to shun; to refuse; -- the opposite of accept or consent.
- transitive v. To bend downward; to bring down; to depress; to cause to bend, or fall.
- transitive v. To cause to decrease or diminish.
- transitive v. To put or turn aside; to turn off or away from; to refuse to undertake or comply with; reject; to shun; to avoid
- transitive v. To inflect, or rehearse in order the changes of grammatical form of.
- transitive v. To run through from first to last; to repeat like a schoolboy declining a noun.
- n. 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
- n. That period of a disorder or paroxysm when the symptoms begin to abate in violence.
- n. A gradual sinking and wasting away of the physical faculties; any wasting disease, esp. pulmonary consumption.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cause to bend or slope; bend down; incline; cause to assume an inclined position; depress.
- To lower; degrade; debase.
- To decrease; diminish; reduce.
- To cause to deviate from a straight or right course; turn aside; deflect.
- To turn aside from; deviate from.
- To avoid by moving out of the way; shun; avoid in general.
- To refuse; refuse or withhold consent to do, accept, or enter upon: as, to decline a contest; to decline an offer.
- In grammar, to inflect, as a noun or an adjective; give the case-forms of a noun or an adjective in their order: as, dominus, domini, domino, dominum, domine.
- To bend or slant down; assume an inclined position; hang down; slope or trend downward; descend: as, the sun declines toward the west.
- To deviate from a right line; specifically, to deviate from a line passing through the north and south points.
- To deviate from a course or an object; turn aside; fall away; wander.
- To sink to a lower level; sink down; hence, figuratively, to fall into an inferior or impaired condition; lose strength, vigor, character, or value; fall off; deteriorate.
- To stoop, as to an unworthy object; lower one's self; condescend.
- To refuse; express refusal: as, he was invited, but declined.
- To approach or draw toward the close.
- To incline; tend.
- To incline morally; be favorably disposed.
- n. A bending or sloping downward; a slope; declivity; incline.
- n. A descending; progress downward or toward a close.
- n. A failing or deterioration; a sinking into an impaired or inferior condition; falling off; loss of strength, character, or value; decay.
- n. In medicine: That stage of a disease when the characteristic symptoms begin to abate in violence.
- n. A popular term for any chronic disease in which the strength and plumpness of the body gradually diminish, until the patient dies: as, he is in a decline.
- n. The time of life when the physical and mental powers are failing. Quain.
- In chess, to refuse to take a piece or pawn offered.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. go down
- n. change toward something smaller or lower
- n. a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current
- n. a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state
- v. go down in value
- v. inflect for number, gender, case, etc.,
- v. show unwillingness towards
- v. refuse to accept
- v. grow worse
- n. a downward slope or bend
- v. grow smaller
Middle English declinen, from Old French decliner, from Latin dēclīnāre, to turn away, bend downward, change the form of a word : dē-, de- + -clīnāre, to lean, bend; see klei- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English declinen, from Old French decliner, from Latin declinare ("to bend, turn aside, deflect, inflect, decline"), from de ("down") + clīnō ("I bend, I incline"), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱley- (English lean). (Wiktionary)