verb (used with object), de·clined, de·clin·ing.
- to inflect (a noun, pronoun, or adjective), as Latin puella, declined puella, puellae, puellae, puellam, puella in the five cases of the singular.
- to recite or display all or some subset of the inflected forms of a noun, pronoun, or adjective in a fixed order.
verb (used without object), de·clined, de·clin·ing.
- decline and fall of the roman empire, the,
Origin of decline
Examples from the Web for declined
The Italian foreign ministry has declined to comment on the video.Jihadis Release New Year’s Eve Video of Italian Female Hostages|Jamie Dettmer, Barbie Latza Nadeau|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
She adds that they continued to email, but “finally, in so many words, he declined to be interviewed.”The Deal With Serial’s Jay? He’s Pissed Off, Mucks Up Our Timeline|Emily Shire|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fossella declined to run again, but in the years since he has mused aloud about challenging Grimm.Will Dirty Pol Vito Fossella Replace Dirty Pol Michael Grimm?|David Freedlander|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the current pontiff, for reasons one might fully understand, declined to meet the would-be papal assassin.
Abu Faour declined repeated requests to comment for this article.
His landlady interrupted his gaze to know what he would have for dinner, but he declined to use any discretion in the matter.Robert Falconer|George MacDonald
On seeking re-election in York, he declined to give any pledge on the burning question of the Clergy Reserves and was defeated.
This proposition carried with it so much loneliness and isolation, that it was declined.Memoirs of Orange Jacobs|Orange Jacobs
He refused no one his assistance, declined no one's proffered gifts.Rabbi and Priest|Milton Goldsmith
So easily without care or trouble may the brunts of malice be declined or repelled.Sermons on Evil-Speaking|Isaac Barrow
Word Origin for decline
early 14c., "deterioration, degeneration," from Old French declin (see decline (v.)).
late 14c., "to turn aside, deviate," from Old French decliner "to sink, decline, degenerate, turn aside," from Latin declinare "to lower, avoid, deviate, to bend from, inflect," from de- "from" (see de-) + clinare "to bend," from PIE *klei-n-, suffixed form of *klei- "to lean" (see lean (v.)). Sense has been altered since c.1400 by interpretation of de- as "downward." Meaning "not to consent, politely refuse," is from 1630s. Related: Declined; declining.