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decline

verb
 
 
/dɪˈklaɪn/
REFUSE [I, T] formal B2 If you decline something, you refuse it politely: She declined his offer of a lift. [+ to do sth] He declined to comment.Refusing and rejecting
BECOME LESS [I] B2 to become less in amount, importance, quality, or strength: Sales of records have declined steadily.Becoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong
(Definition of decline verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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