Part of speech: verb

To refuse; reject.

Part of speech: verb

To bend down; depress; decay; diminish.

Part of speech: verb

To inflect, as a noun.

Part of speech: noun

The act or result of declining deterioration; decay.

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Usage examples "decline":

  1. But you will not be vexed if I decline your offer- will you? - "The Coming Conquest of England", August Niemann.
  2. I decline to answer. - "An Artist in Crime", Rodrigues Ottolengui.
  3. Forgive me, Lady Audley, if I decline to answer that question. - "Lady Audley's Secret", Mary Elizabeth Braddon.