What does decline mean?

Definitions for decline
dɪˈklaɪnde·cline

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word decline.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. decline, diminution(noun)

    change toward something smaller or lower

  2. decline, declination(noun)

    a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state

  3. decay, decline(noun)

    a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current

  4. descent, declivity, fall, decline, declination, declension, downslope(verb)

    a downward slope or bend

  5. worsen, decline(verb)

    grow worse

    "Conditions in the slum worsened"

  6. refuse, reject, pass up, turn down, decline(verb)

    refuse to accept

    "He refused my offer of hospitality"

  7. refuse, decline(verb)

    show unwillingness towards

    "he declined to join the group on a hike"

  8. decline, go down, wane(verb)

    grow smaller

    "Interest in the project waned"

  9. decline(verb)

    go down

    "The roof declines here"

  10. decline, slump, correct(verb)

    go down in value

    "the stock market corrected"; "prices slumped"

  11. decline(verb)

    inflect for number, gender, case, etc., "in many languages, speakers decline nouns, pronouns, and adjectives"

Wiktionary

  1. decline(Noun)

    Downward movement, fall.

  2. decline(Noun)

    A sloping downward, e.g. of a hill or road.

  3. decline(Noun)

    A weakening.

  4. decline(Noun)

    A reduction or diminution of activity.

  5. decline(Verb)

    To move downwards, to fall, to drop.

    The dollar has declined rapidly since 2001.

  6. decline(Verb)

    To become weaker or worse.

    My health declined in winter.

  7. decline(Verb)

    To refuse, forbear.

    On reflection I think I will decline your generous offer.

  8. decline(Verb)

    To list the inflected forms of a noun, pronoun (and in some languages adjective) for case and number.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Decline(verb)

    to bend, or lean downward; to take a downward direction; to bend over or hang down, as from weakness, weariness, despondency, etc.; to condescend

    Etymology: [OE. declinen to bend down, lower, sink, decline (a noun), F. dcliner to decline, refuse, fr. L. declinare to turn aside, inflect (a part of speech), avoid; de- + clinare to incline; akin to E. lean. See Lean, v. i.]

  2. Decline(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. declinen to bend down, lower, sink, decline (a noun), F. dcliner to decline, refuse, fr. L. declinare to turn aside, inflect (a part of speech), avoid; de- + clinare to incline; akin to E. lean. See Lean, v. i.]

  3. Decline(verb)

    to turn or bend aside; to deviate; to stray; to withdraw; as, a line that declines from straightness; conduct that declines from sound morals

    Etymology: [OE. declinen to bend down, lower, sink, decline (a noun), F. dcliner to decline, refuse, fr. L. declinare to turn aside, inflect (a part of speech), avoid; de- + clinare to incline; akin to E. lean. See Lean, v. i.]

  4. Decline(verb)

    to turn away; to shun; to refuse; -- the opposite of accept or consent; as, he declined, upon principle

    Etymology: [OE. declinen to bend down, lower, sink, decline (a noun), F. dcliner to decline, refuse, fr. L. declinare to turn aside, inflect (a part of speech), avoid; de- + clinare to incline; akin to E. lean. See Lean, v. i.]

  5. Decline(verb)

    to bend downward; to bring down; to depress; to cause to bend, or fall

    Etymology: [OE. declinen to bend down, lower, sink, decline (a noun), F. dcliner to decline, refuse, fr. L. declinare to turn aside, inflect (a part of speech), avoid; de- + clinare to incline; akin to E. lean. See Lean, v. i.]

  6. Decline(verb)

    to cause to decrease or diminish

    Etymology: [OE. declinen to bend down, lower, sink, decline (a noun), F. dcliner to decline, refuse, fr. L. declinare to turn aside, inflect (a part of speech), avoid; de- + clinare to incline; akin to E. lean. See Lean, v. i.]

  7. Decline(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. declinen to bend down, lower, sink, decline (a noun), F. dcliner to decline, refuse, fr. L. declinare to turn aside, inflect (a part of speech), avoid; de- + clinare to incline; akin to E. lean. See Lean, v. i.]

  8. Decline(verb)

    to inflect, or rehearse in order the changes of grammatical form of; as, to decline a noun or an adjective

    Etymology: [OE. declinen to bend down, lower, sink, decline (a noun), F. dcliner to decline, refuse, fr. L. declinare to turn aside, inflect (a part of speech), avoid; de- + clinare to incline; akin to E. lean. See Lean, v. i.]

  9. Decline(verb)

    to run through from first to last; to repeat like a schoolboy declining a noun

    Etymology: [OE. declinen to bend down, lower, sink, decline (a noun), F. dcliner to decline, refuse, fr. L. declinare to turn aside, inflect (a part of speech), avoid; de- + clinare to incline; akin to E. lean. See Lean, v. i.]

  10. Decline(verb)

    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

    Etymology: [OE. declinen to bend down, lower, sink, decline (a noun), F. dcliner to decline, refuse, fr. L. declinare to turn aside, inflect (a part of speech), avoid; de- + clinare to incline; akin to E. lean. See Lean, v. i.]

  11. Decline(verb)

    that period of a disorder or paroxysm when the symptoms begin to abate in violence; as, the decline of a fever

    Etymology: [OE. declinen to bend down, lower, sink, decline (a noun), F. dcliner to decline, refuse, fr. L. declinare to turn aside, inflect (a part of speech), avoid; de- + clinare to incline; akin to E. lean. See Lean, v. i.]

  12. Decline(verb)

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

    Etymology: [OE. declinen to bend down, lower, sink, decline (a noun), F. dcliner to decline, refuse, fr. L. declinare to turn aside, inflect (a part of speech), avoid; de- + clinare to incline; akin to E. lean. See Lean, v. i.]

Freebase

  1. 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Decline

    de-klīn′, v.i. to bend or turn away from (a straight line); to deviate: to refuse: to bend down: to fail or decay: to stoop or condescend: to draw to an end.—v.t. to bend down: to turn away from: to refuse: to avoid: (gram.) to give the changes of a word in the oblique cases.—n. a falling off: deviation: decay: a gradual sinking of the bodily faculties, consumption.—adjs. Declin′able, having inflection for the oblique cases; Declī′nal, bending downward; Dec′linant (her.), having the tail hanging down—also Dec′livant.—ns. Declinā′tion, act of declining: a sloping or bending downward: deviation: (astron.) distance from the celestial equator; Dec′linātor, an instrument determining declination.—adj. Declin′atory, containing a declination or refusal—ns. Declin′ature, act of declining or refusing: (law) a plea declining the jurisdiction of a judge; Declinom′eter, an instrument for measuring the declination of the compass—i.e. the deviation of the magnetic needle from the true north. [Fr. décliner—L. de, down, away from, clināre, to bend. See Lean.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'decline' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2442

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'decline' in Nouns Frequency: #1088

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'decline' in Verbs Frequency: #529

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How to say decline in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of decline in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of decline in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of decline in a Sentence

  1. Derrick Morgan:

    Refineries are already transitioning to producing summer grade gasoline, but with the unprecedented decline in gasoline consumption, there is simply not enough consumer demand to draw down existing inventory by the summer RVP deadline.

  2. Alexander Fraser Tyler, Cycle of Democracy (1770):

    A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over lousy fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average of the world's great civilizations before they decline has been 200 years. These nations have progressed in this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; from faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to Complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependency; from dependency back again to bondage.

  3. Massimo Baggiani:

    Certainly there will be a decline in tourism and hospitality activity for a few days. But I don't expect this to drag on into Christmas.

  4. Chief Financial Officer Ralf Thomas:

    From today's perspective, the third quarter is going to have a further decline, in the double digit range for the short cycle business, some of the key industries like automotive, machine building and aerospace are severely hit by the coronavirus. It would not be a good idea to say how long it will last.

  5. Jeb Bush:

    And that's the way it should be. You can do that in New Hampshire, but please make sure you have accountability around students, 'cause the net result is you're going to have a decline.

Images & Illustrations of decline

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  • رفArabic
  • праскланя́ць, скланя́цьBelarusian
  • упадък, наклонявам се надолу, склон, отказвам, скланям, влошавам се, западане, западам, спадам, влошаванеBulgarian
  • declivi, declinar-se, caiguda, refusar, declinar, debilitar-seCatalan, Valencian
  • skloňovat, pokles, klesat, odmítnoutCzech
  • sinken, Fall, zurückgehen, Rückgang, ablehnen, abnehmen, deklinieren, Abnahme, fallen, GefälleGerman
  • declinar, rechazarSpanish
  • کاهش می یابدPersian
  • alamäki, taivuttaa, lasku, heikentyä, heikentyminen, laskea, pudotus, heiketä, pudota, kieltäytyäFinnish
  • bendaFaroese
  • refuser, accorderFrench
  • meath, meathlú, meathlaighIrish
  • claon, rach bhuaitheScottish Gaelic
  • ירידה, נחלש, היחלשות, היטה, ירד, סירב, נפילה, דחהHebrew
  • refizeHaitian Creole
  • hanyatlik, gyengül, hanyatlásHungarian
  • declinareItalian
  • ბრუნებაGeorgian
  • abnegō, declinesLatin
  • afname, helling, achteruitgaan, afwijzen, afzwakken, verzwakking, verbuigen, verval, terugval, achteruitgang, afnemen, weigeren, vervallen, terugvallen, verzwakkenDutch
  • avslåNorwegian
  • deklinować, [[odmieniać]] ([[przez]] [[przypadekPolish
  • declive, declinar, declínio, recusarPortuguese
  • спад, склонять, упадок, уклон, ухудшение, склон, сокращение, спускRussian
  • одбити, odbitiSerbo-Croatian
  • medlut, utförsbacke, nedförsbackeSwedish
  • 下降Chinese

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