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Main Entry: 1de·cline
Inflected Form(s): de·clined; de·clin·ing 1 a: to slope downward : DESCENDb: to bend down <declined his head> 2: to pass toward a lower state or level <his health declined> <their enthusiasm declined> 3: to draw toward a close : WANE <the day declined> 4: to become less in amount <prices declined> 5 a: to show unwillingness to accept, do, engage in, or agree to <declined to run for a second term> b: to refuse especially courteously <declined the invitation> 6: to give the declension of a noun, pronoun, or adjective - de·clin·able /-kl-n-bl/ adjective synonymsDECLINE, REFUSE, REJECT mean to express unwillingness to go along with a demand or request. DECLINE suggests a polite negative response <decline an invitation to a party>. REFUSE suggests a forceful or absolute denial <refused to see him at all>. REJECT may suggest an unwillingness even to consider a demand or request <rejected her plan before she had finished speaking>.