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Dictionary definition for: Decline

1. (n) change toward something smaller or lower

2. (v) grow worse; "Conditions in the slum worsened"

3. (n) a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state

4. (v) refuse to accept; "He refused my offer of hospitality"

5. (n) a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current

6. (v) show unwillingness towards; "he declined to join the group on a hike"

7. (n) a downward slope or bend

8. (v) grow smaller; "Interest in the project waned"

9. (v) go down; "The roof declines here"

10. (v) go down in value; "the stock market corrected" "prices slumped"

11. (v) inflect for number, gender, case, etc., "in many languages, speakers decline nouns, pronouns, and adjectives"

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