To bend, or lean downward; to take a downward direction; to bend over or hang down, as from weakness, weariness, despondency, etc.; to condescend.
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; as, the day declines; virtue declines; religion declines; business declines.
To turn or bend aside; to deviate; to stray; to withdraw; as, a line that declines from straightness; conduct that declines from sound morals.
To turn away; to shun; to refuse; -- the opposite of accept or consent; as, he declined, upon principle.
To bend downward; to bring down; to depress; to cause to bend, or fall.
To cause to decrease or diminish.
To put or turn aside; to turn off or away from; to refuse to undertake or comply with; reject; to shun; to avoid; as, to decline an offer; to decline a contest; he declined any participation with them.
To inflect, or rehearse in order the changes of grammatical form of; as, to decline a noun or an adjective.
To run through from first to last; to repeat like a schoolboy declining a noun.
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; as, the decline of life; the decline of strength; the decline of virtue and religion.
That period of a disorder or paroxysm when the symptoms begin to abate in violence; as, the decline of a fever.
A gradual sinking and wasting away of the physical faculties; any wasting disease, esp. pulmonary consumption; as, to die of a decline.
Land and sea, weakness and decline are great separators, but death is the great divorcer for ever. John Keats
What is at a peak is certain to decline. He who shows his hand will surely be defeated. He who can prevail in battle by taking advantage of his enemy's doubts is invincible. Cao Cao
I like to walk about among the beautiful things that adorn the world; but private wealth I should decline, or any sort of personal possessions, because they would take away my liberty. George Santayana