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Decline, vb. 1) trans. a) to bend down: “--ing their rich aspect to the hot breath of Spain,” Err. III, 2, 139. “d. your head,” Lr. IV, 2, 22.
b) to inflect (in grammar): Wiv. IV, 1, 42.
c) to run through from first to last, to take into exact consideration: “d. all this, and see what now thou art,” R3 IV, 4, 97. “I'll d. the whole question,” Troil. II, 3, 55.
2) intr. a) to sink down, to fall: “with head --d,” Lucr. 1661. Ant. III, 11, 47. “with --ing head into his bosom,” Shr. Ind. 1, 119. “she had one eye --d for the loss of her husband,” Wint. V, 2, 81. not letting it d. (viz his sword), Troil. IV, 5, 189. which (arm) “being advanced, --s, and then men die,” Cor. II, 1, 178. “not one accompanying his --ing foot,” Tim. I, 1, 89. “his sword which was --ing on the milky head of reverend Priam,” Hml. II, 2, 500.
b) to sink down or fall in a moral sense, to come to a less perfect state: “every fair from fair sometime --s,” Sonn. 18, 7. “he straight --d, drooped,” Wint. II, 3, 14. “in this --ing land,” R2 II, 1, 240. “can thy spirit wonder a great man should d.” H8 III, 2, 375. “who thrives and who --s,” Cor. I, 1, 197. Tim. IV, 1, 20 (d. to . .). “ready to d.” Caes. IV, 3, 217. “and to d. upon a wretch,” Hml. I, 5, 50. “sons at perfect age, and fathers --ing,” Lr. I, 2, 78 (Ff --d). “I am --d into the vale of years,” Oth. III, 3, 265. “I must perforce have shown to thee such a --ing day,” Ant. V, 1, 38. Declined == fallen: “what the --d is he shall as soon read in the eyes of others as feel in his own fall,” Troil. III, 3, 76. not letting it (his sword) “d. on the --d,” IV, 5, 189. “answer me --d, sword against sword,” Ant. III, 13, 27.
c) to incline, or to bow down? “far more to you do I d.” Err. III, 2, 44.
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