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Definition of DECLINING

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Decline \De*cline"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Declined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Declining}.] [OE. declinen to bend down, lower, sink, decline (a noun), F. d['e]cliner to decline, refuse, fr. L. declinare to turn aside, inflect (a part of speech), avoid; de- + clinare to incline; akin to E. lean. See {Lean}, v. i.]
     1. To bend, or lean downward; to take a downward direction; to bend over or hang down, as from weakness, weariness, despondency, etc.; to condescend. "With declining head."
        [1913 Webster]

              He . . . would decline even to the lowest of his family.                               --Lady Hutchinson. [1913 Webster]

              Disdaining to decline,
              Slowly he falls, amidst triumphant cries. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

              The ground at length became broken and declined rapidly.                              --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

     2. 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. [1913 Webster]

              That empire must decline
              Whose chief support and sinews are of coin.
                                                    --Waller. [1913 Webster]

              And presume to know . . .
              Who thrives, and who declines.        --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. To turn or bend aside; to deviate; to stray; to withdraw; as, a line that declines from straightness; conduct that declines from sound morals. [1913 Webster]

              Yet do I not decline from thy testimonies. --Ps. cxix. 157. [1913 Webster]

     4. To turn away; to shun; to refuse; -- the opposite of accept or consent; as, he declined, upon principle. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

declining \declining\ adj.
     1. decreasing; as, steadily declining incomes.

     Syn: down(prenominal).
          [WordNet 1.5]

     2. going from better to worse.

     Syn: deteriorating, failing, regressing, retrograde, retrogressive. [WordNet 1.5]

     3. becoming less or smaller; as, declining powers of body and mind. Opposite of {increasing}.

     Syn: eroding.
          [WordNet 1.5]

     4. drawing to an end; waning; as, his declining years. [prenominal] [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

146 Moby Thesaurus words for "declining": abjuration, abjurement, abnegation, aging, chucking, chucking out, collapsing, coming apart, contempt, contractive, contradiction, cracking, crumbling, decadent, deciduous, declension, declination, declinature, declined, declivate, declivitous, declivous, decreasing, decrescendo, decrescent, decurrent, degenerate, deliquescent, denial, deprivation, descendant, descending, despisal, despising, deteriorating, diminishing, diminuendo, dipping, disagreement, disallowance, disapproval, discard, disclaimer, disclamation, discounting, disintegrating, dismissal, disobedience, disownment, disregard, dissent, doting, down, down-reaching, downcoming, downfalling, downgoing, downgrade, downhill, downsinking, downward, draining, drooping, dropping, dwindling, dying, ebbing, effete, exception, exclusion, fading, failing, falling, flagging, fragmenting, getting on, going to pieces, growing old, holding back, ignoring, languishing, lessening, marcescent, nay, negation, negative, negative answer, nix, no, nonacceptance, nonapproval, noncompliance, nonconsent, nonconsideration, nonobservance, on the descendant, on the downgrade, on the wane, passing by, pining, plummeting, plunging, putting away, putting out, rebuff, recantation, receding, reductive, refusal, regressive, rejection, renouncement, repudiation, repulse, retention, retiring, retreating, retrograde, retrogressive, sagging, scouting, senescent, setting, shrinking, shriveling, sinking, sliding, slipping, slumping, spurning, submerging, subsiding, tabetic, throwing out, thumbs-down, tottering, tumbledown, turndown, turning out, unwillingness, waning, wasting, wilting, withering, withholding, worsening

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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