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verb decline pronunciation in British English /dɪˈklaɪn/
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present tense
I/you/we/theydecline
he/she/itdeclines
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.
    In many cases living standards are declining.
    decline steadily/sharply/rapidly/dramatically: Share prices declined sharply last week.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to say politely that you will not accept something or do something
    decline an offer/invitation: We asked her to the reception, but she declined the invitation.
    They offered to fly him to Brussels, but he declined.
    decline to do something: The minister declined to comment on the rumours.

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