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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (v. i.) To bend, or lean downward; to take a downward direction; to bend over or hang down, as from weakness, weariness, despondency, etc.; to condescend.

2. (v. i.) 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.

3. (v. i.) To turn or bend aside; to deviate; to stray; to withdraw; as, a line that declines from straightness; conduct that declines from sound morals.

4. (v. i.) To turn away; to shun; to refuse; -- the opposite of accept or consent; as, he declined, upon principle.

5. (v. t.) To bend downward; to bring down; to depress; to cause to bend, or fall.

6. (v. t.) To cause to decrease or diminish.

7. (v. t.) To put or turn aside; to turn off or away from; to refuse to undertake or comply with; reject; to shun; to avoid; as, to decline an offer; to decline a contest; he declined any participation with them.

8. (v. t.) To inflect, or rehearse in order the changes of grammatical form of; as, to decline a noun or an adjective.

9. (v. t.) To run through from first to last; to repeat like a schoolboy declining a noun.

10. (n.) A falling off; a tendency to a worse state; diminution or decay; deterioration; also, the period when a thing is tending toward extinction or a less perfect state; as, the decline of life; the decline of strength; the decline of virtue and religion.

11. (v. i.) That period of a disorder or paroxysm when the symptoms begin to abate in violence; as, the decline of a fever.

12. (n.) A gradual sinking and wasting away of the physical faculties; any wasting disease, esp. pulmonary consumption; as, to die of a decline.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

de-klin' [(cur], or sur, naTah): In the King James Version this word occurs 9 times in its original sense (now obsolete) of "turn aside." the Revised Version (British and American) substitutes "turn aside" in Exodus 23:2 Deuteronomy 17:11 2 Chronicles 34:2; Job 23:11. In Psalm 102:11; Psalm 109:23, the lengthening shadows of afternoon are said to "decline," and the Revised Version (British and American) introduces the word in the same general sense in Judges 19:8 2 Kings 20:10; Jeremiah 6:4. See AFTERNOON.

3868. paraiteomai -- to beg from, to beg off
... par-ahee-teh'-om-ahee) Short Definition: I make excuse, refuse, reject Definition:
I beg off, make excuse, deprecate, refuse, reject, decline, shun, avoid. ...
// - 7k

2827. klino -- to cause to bend
... I rest, recline, make to yield Definition: trans: I rest, recline; I bend, incline;
I cause to give ground, make to yield; intrans: I decline, approach my end. ...
// - 6k

1578. ekklino -- to deviate, to turn away (from someone or ...
... From ek and klino; to deviate, ie (absolutely) to shun (literally or figuratively),
or (relatively) to decline (from piety) -- avoid, eschew, go out of the way ...
// - 7k

Strong's Hebrew
2583. chanah -- to decline, bend down, encamp
... 2582, 2583. chanah. 2584 . to decline, bend down, encamp. Transliteration:
chanah Phonetic Spelling: (khaw-naw') Short Definition: camped. Word Origin a prim ...
/hebrew/2583.htm - 6k

5186. natah -- to stretch out, spread out, extend, incline, bend
... bend NASB Word Usage afternoon* (1), bend down (1), bent (1), bent down (1), bow
(1), bowed (3), came to stumbling (1), cast down (1), decline (1), defraud (1 ...
/hebrew/5186.htm - 7k

5493. sur -- to turn aside
... behead, bring, call back, decline, depart, eschew, get you, go aside,.
Or suwr (Hosea 9:12) {soor}; a primitive root; to turn off ...
/hebrew/5493.htm - 7k

7847. satah -- to turn aside
... decline, go aside, turn. A primitive root; to deviate from duty -- decline, go
aside, turn. 7846, 7847. satah. 7848 . Strong's Numbers.
/hebrew/7847.htm - 6k


The Decline of Enthusiasm
... XXXVII THE DECLINE OF ENTHUSIASM. Revelation ii.1-7. I do not propose to consider
the character or intention of this mystical Book of Revelation. ...
/.../peabody/mornings in the college chapel/xxxvii the decline of enthusiasm.htm

Whether to Decline from Evil and to do Good are Parts of Justice?
from evil and to do good are parts of justice? Objection ...
/.../aquinas/summa theologica/whether to decline from evil.htm

The Decline of Man from the Above Condition, Owing to his ...
... Against the Heathen. Section 3. The decline of man from the above condition,
owing to his absorption in material things. Thus then ...
/.../athanasius/select works and letters or athanasius/section 3 the decline of.htm

The Puritan Beginnings of the Church in virginia ---Its Decline ...
/.../bacon/a history of american christianity/chapter v the puritan beginnings.htm

How those are to be Admonished who Decline the Office of Preaching ...
... How those are to be admonished who decline the office of preaching out of too great
humility, and those who seize on it with precipitate haste. ...
/.../leo/writings of leo the great/chapter xxv how those are.htm

The Words of Abbot Serapion on the Decline of Thoughts that are ...
... Chapter XI. The words of Abbot Serapion on the decline of thoughts that are
exposed to others, and also on the danger of self-confidence. ...
/.../cassian/the works of john cassian /chapter xi the words of.htm

Whether it is Reasonable in the Platonists to Determine that the ...
... Chapter 16."Whether It is Reasonable in the Platonists to Determine that the Celestial
Gods Decline Contact with Earthly Things and Intercourse with Men, Who ...
/.../augustine/city of god/chapter 16 whether it is reasonable.htm

Who May be Said to Keep the Ways of the Lord; what it is to ...
... and Paulus. (27.) Who May Be Said to Keep the Ways of the Lord; What It
is to Decline and Depart from the Ways of the Lord. Then ...
/...// writings/27 who may be said.htm

On the Assurance of Salvation
... QUERIES. " Is it possible for any believer, without a special revelation, to be
certain or assured that he will not decline or fall away from the faith, 2 ...
/.../arminius/the works of james arminius vol 2/on the assurance of salvation.htm

Articles I and ii i. Faith, that Is, Justifying Faith, is not ...
... to the elect. II. It is possible for believers finally to decline and fall
away from faith and salvation. ANSWER. The connection ...
/.../arminius/the works of james arminius vol 1/articles i & ii i.htm

Decline (10 Occurrences)
... 7. (vt) To put or turn aside; to turn off or away from; to refuse to undertake or
comply with; reject; to shun; to avoid; as, to decline an offer; to decline a ...
/d/decline.htm - 12k

Wane (2 Occurrences)
... 1. (vi) To be diminished; to decline; to decrease; -- contrasted with wax,
applied to moon phases. 2. (vi) To decline; to fail; to sink. ...
/w/wane.htm - 7k

Decay (18 Occurrences)
... 1. (vi) To pass gradually from a sound, prosperous, or perfect state, to one of
imperfection, adversity, or dissolution; to waste away; to decline; to fail; to ...
/d/decay.htm - 13k

Pass (1172 Occurrences)
... (vi) To decline to take an optional action when it is one's turn, as to decline
to bid, or to bet, or to play a card; in euchre, to decline to make the trump. ...
/p/pass.htm - 44k

Sink (16 Occurrences)
... 1. (vi) To fall by, or as by, the force of gravity; to descend lower and lower;
to decline gradually; to subside; as, a stone sinks in water; waves rise and ...
/s/sink.htm - 12k

Renounce (12 Occurrences)
... 1. (vt) To declare against; to reject or decline formally; to refuse to own or
acknowledge as belonging to one; to disclaim; as, to renounce a title to land or ...
/r/renounce.htm - 10k

Refuse (103 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (vt) To deny, as a request, demand, invitation,
or command; to decline to do or grant. 2. (vt) To throw ...
/r/refuse.htm - 36k

Ebb (1 Occurrence)
... ebb. 3. (n.) The state or time of passing away; a falling from a better
to a worse state; low state or condition; decline; decay. 4 ...
/e/ebb.htm - 7k

... The decline of Daphne dates from the days of Christian ascendancy in the reign of
Julian. ... See ANTIOCH; Gibbon, Decline and Fall, chapter xxiii. W. Ewing. ...
/d/daphne.htm - 8k

Declined (11 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (imp. & pp) of Decline. 2. (a.) Declinate.
Multi-Version Concordance Declined (11 Occurrences). Acts ...
/d/declined.htm - 9k

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Decline (10 Occurrences)

Luke 9:12
Now when the day began to decline, the Twelve came to Him and said, "Send the people away, that they may go to the villages and farms round about and find lodging and a supply of food; because here we are in an uninhabited district."

Luke 24:29
and they constrained him, saying, 'Remain with us, for it is toward evening,' and the day did decline, and he went in to remain with them.

1 Timothy 5:11
But younger widows decline; for when they grow wanton against Christ, they desire to marry,

Exodus 23:2
Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment:

Deuteronomy 17:11
According to the sentence of the law which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do: thou shalt not decline from the sentence which they shall show thee, to the right hand, nor to the left.

2 Kings 20:10
And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to decline ten steps: nay, but let the shadow return backward ten steps.

Psalms 119:157
Many are my persecutors and mine enemies; yet do I not decline from thy testimonies.

Proverbs 4:5
Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth.

Proverbs 7:25
Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.

Isaiah 30:11
Turn aside from the way, decline from the path, Cause to cease from before us the Holy One of Israel.'



Related Terms

Wane (2 Occurrences)

Decay (18 Occurrences)

Pass (1172 Occurrences)

Sink (16 Occurrences)

Renounce (12 Occurrences)

Refuse (103 Occurrences)

Ebb (1 Occurrence)


Declined (11 Occurrences)

Alexandria (4 Occurrences)

Fall (522 Occurrences)

Solomon (277 Occurrences)

Tyre (59 Occurrences)

Woman (4043 Occurrences)

Declaring (48 Occurrences)

Kingdom (409 Occurrences)

Vail (44 Occurrences)


Uninhabited (8 Occurrences)

Jerahmeel (9 Occurrences)

Jerahmeelites (2 Occurrences)


Lodging (24 Occurrences)

Go (17871 Occurrences)

Wrest (8 Occurrences)

Wife (437 Occurrences)

Fail (130 Occurrences)

Fields (199 Occurrences)

Forbear (24 Occurrences)

Reject (56 Occurrences)

Revival (1 Occurrence)

Rally (3 Occurrences)

Edom (108 Occurrences)

Evening (163 Occurrences)

Dwindle (10 Occurrences)

Dial (2 Occurrences)

Degenerate (1 Occurrence)

Desolate (189 Occurrences)

Deny (48 Occurrences)

Dishonor (47 Occurrences)

Maintain (50 Occurrences)

Merchant (15 Occurrences)

Potter (14 Occurrences)


Pitch (25 Occurrences)

Paphos (2 Occurrences)

Pottery (11 Occurrences)

Brother's (46 Occurrences)

Bath (13 Occurrences)

Autumn (8 Occurrences)

Affirmation (335 Occurrences)

Sheer (2 Occurrences)

Set (6715 Occurrences)

Supply (40 Occurrences)

State (51 Occurrences)

Strongly (15 Occurrences)

Shrink (10 Occurrences)

Vision (106 Occurrences)

Israel (27466 Occurrences)

Intelligence (45 Occurrences)

District (59 Occurrences)


Egypt (596 Occurrences)

Hezeki'ah (120 Occurrences)


Parthians (1 Occurrence)

Philosophy (1 Occurrence)

Hazael (23 Occurrences)

Reuben (73 Occurrences)

Ahaz (42 Occurrences)

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Captivity (141 Occurrences)

Rome (12 Occurrences)

Everlasting (192 Occurrences)

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