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decline

[ dih-klahyn ]
/ d瑟藞kla瑟n /
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verb (used with object), de路clined, de路clin路ing.
verb (used without object), de路clined, de路clin路ing.
noun
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Origin of decline

First recorded in 1275鈥1325; (verb) Middle English declinen, from Old French: 鈥渢o inflect, turn aside, sink,鈥 from Latin d膿cl墨n膩re 鈥渢o slope, incline, bend鈥; compare Greek kl墨虂nein 鈥渢o lean鈥 (see lean1); (noun) Middle English declin, from Old French, derivative of decliner

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1. See refuse1.

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British Dictionary definitions for decline

decline
/ (d瑟藞kla瑟n) /

verb
noun

Derived forms of decline

declinable, adjectivedecliner, noun

Word Origin for decline

C14: from Old French decliner to inflect, turn away, sink, from Latin d膿cl墨n膩re to bend away, inflect grammatically
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