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 declining
A senior Iranian official in Pakistan later confirmed the strike took place, declining to elaborate.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Of course, declining or stagnant wage growth started well before this president took office.
Death by pills or lethal injection might be unnatural, but she believes that declining nourishment and medications is not.The Nurse Coaching People Through Death by Starvation|Nick Tabor|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Just before the start of the season, The Wall Street Journal ran a feature on declining student attendance at games.How The University of Wisconsin Badgers Are Bucking the Big Ten Ticket Flop|Brian Weidy|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“We expect him to ultimately get confirmed,” the official added, declining to be named because no final strategy has been decided.
The happiness of my early days was painted to me; the disquiet of my manhood, the altered faith of my declining years.Twice-Told Tales|Nathaniel Hawthorne
Each one of them threw down his bag of clubs, and, declining to carry them for another hole, walked sulkily off the course.The Complete Golfer |Harry Vardon
Then, declining to take the oath of allegiance to Louis Philippe, he retired from the peerage, and gave up his pension.
He was obliged to adopt a descending scale of charges and expenditures to keep pace with his declining circulation—a fatal sign.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete|Albert Bigelow Paine
But being both hungry and weary, we made the latter an excuse for declining their invitation.
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.