Officials from the Department of Homeland Security declined interview requests.
Anderson declined to run a correction, even after Rummy gave him a tour of the office.
That she often declined to wear the Muslim headscarf known as the hijab also brought criticism.
The Elysée Palace, somewhat ironically, declined to comment on a private matter.
But his license was suspended because he declined a Breathalyzer test.
Mrs. Meyrick jumped at the proposal, but declined all terms.
But Mr. Gladstone, while acknowledging the compliment, declined because of his age.
The crown was tendered by them to Prince John of Saxony, who declined it.
Handel declined the invitation, but resolved to go to Italy as soon as he could do so "on his own bottom."
It is much to be regretted that the British government has declined all invitations to take part in this great international work.
late 14c., "to turn aside, deviate," from Old French decliner "to sink, decline, degenerate, turn aside," from Latin declinare "to lower, avoid, deviate, to bend from, inflect," from de- "from" (see de-) + clinare "to bend," from PIE *klei-n-, suffixed form of *klei- "to lean" (see lean (v.)). Sense has been altered since c.1400 by interpretation of de- as "downward." Meaning "not to consent, politely refuse," is from 1630s. Related: Declined; declining.
early 14c., "deterioration, degeneration," from Old French declin (see decline (v.)).