Definitions for declinedɪˈklaɪn
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
de•cline*dɪˈklaɪn(v.; n.)-clined, -clin•ing
(v.t.)to withhold or deny consent to do; refuse.
to refuse with courtesy.
to cause to slope or incline downward.
to recite or display the inflected forms of (a noun, pronoun, or adjective) in a fixed order.
(v.i.)to express usu. courteous refusal.
to fail in strength, health, value, etc.; deteriorate.
to decline in popularity.
to slope or sink downward.
to draw toward the close, as the day.
(of a noun, pronoun, or adjective) to be characterized by declension.
(n.)a downward slope; declivity.
a downward movement, as of prices or population:
a decline in the stock market.
a deterioration, as in strength, power, or value.
progress downward or toward the close.
the later years or last part:
the decline of life.
* Syn: See refuse1.
Origin of decline:
1275–1325; ME < OF decliner to inflect, turn aside, sink < L dēclīnāre to slope, incline
change toward something smaller or lower
a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state
a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current
descent, declivity, fall, decline, declination, declension, downslope(verb)
a downward slope or bend
"Conditions in the slum worsened"
refuse, reject, pass up, turn down, decline(verb)
refuse to accept
"He refused my offer of hospitality"
show unwillingness towards
"he declined to join the group on a hike"
decline, go down, wane(verb)
"Interest in the project waned"
"The roof declines here"
decline, slump, correct(verb)
go down in value
"the stock market corrected"; "prices slumped"
inflect for number, gender, case, etc., "in many languages, speakers decline nouns, pronouns, and adjectives"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to become smaller or worse
as house prices decline; his declining health
to politely say "no"
I declined the invitation.; I'm afraid I'll have to decline.
a decrease in amount or quality
a decline in church attendance; a city in decline; the decline of the Roman empire
Downward movement, fall.
A sloping downward, e.g. of a hill or road.
A reduction or diminution of activity.
To move downwards, to fall, to drop.
The dollar has declined rapidly since 2001.
To become weaker or worse.
My health declined in winter.
To refuse, forbear.
On reflection I think I will decline your generous offer.
To list the inflected forms of a noun, pronoun (and in some languages adjective) for case and number.
to bend, or lean downward; to take a downward direction; to bend over or hang down, as from weakness, weariness, despondency, etc.; to condescend
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
to turn or bend aside; to deviate; to stray; to withdraw; as, a line that declines from straightness; conduct that declines from sound morals
to turn away; to shun; to refuse; -- the opposite of accept or consent; as, he declined, upon principle
to bend downward; to bring down; to depress; to cause to bend, or fall
to cause to decrease or diminish
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
to inflect, or rehearse in order the changes of grammatical form of; as, to decline a noun or an adjective
to run through from first to last; to repeat like a schoolboy declining a noun
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
that period of a disorder or paroxysm when the symptoms begin to abate in violence; as, the decline of a fever
a gradual sinking and wasting away of the physical faculties; any wasting disease, esp. pulmonary consumption; as, to die of a decline
Decline is a change over time from previously efficient to inefficient organizational functioning, from previously rational to non-rational organizational and individual decision-making, from previously law-abiding to law violating organizational and individual behavior, from previously virtuous to iniquitous individual moral behavior. Note: The word decline should not be confused with the word obsolete. Decline refers to the degenerating of something whereas obsolete refers to the outdating of something or that it is no longer in use. It is the process of declining, a gradual sinking and wasting away. Social decline or moral decline is typically characterised as reduced adherence to cultural or social norms or values and widespread lapses in ethical behavior.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'decline' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2442
Rank popularity for the word 'decline' in Nouns Frequency: #1088
Rank popularity for the word 'decline' in Verbs Frequency: #529
Translations for decline
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
to say `no' to (an invitation etc); to refuse
We declined his offer of a lift.
- weier, van die hand wys, afwysAfrikaans
- recusarPortuguese (BR)
- rehusar, rechazarSpanish
- ära ütlemaEstonian
- رد کردن؛ خودداری کردنFarsi
- मना करनाHindi
- atteikties; noraidītLatvian
- avslå, si nei tilNorwegian
- رد کردن؛ خودداری کردنPersian
- يوى خواته كږېدل ناګاره كول، انكار كولPashto
- a refuzaRomanian
- avböja, tacka nejSwedish
- reddetmek, geriçevirmekTurkish
- 謝絕，拒絕Chinese (Trad.)
- رسمی اخلاق کے ساتھ انکار کرناUrdu
- từ chốiVietnamese
- 谢绝，拒绝Chinese (Simp.)
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