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verb     decline pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participledeclining
past tensedeclined
past participledeclined
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to become less or worse

    The number of people buying their own homes has declined.

    decline steadily/sharply/rapidly/dramatically:

    Stock prices declined sharply last week.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to say politely that you will not accept something or do something

    They offered to fly him to Brussels, but he declined.

    decline an offer/invitation:

    We asked her to the reception, but she declined the invitation.

    decline to do something:

    The mayor declined to comment on the rumors.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] linguistics if a noun, adjective, or pronoun declines, its form changes depending on its relationship to other words in a sentence
    1. a.
      [transitive] to list all the forms of the declension of a noun, adjective, or pronoun


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