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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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. Jeb Bush:

    If this election is about how we're going to fight to get nothing done, then ... I don't want any part of it, i don't want to be elected president to sit around and see gridlock just become so dominant that people literally are in decline in their lives. That is not my motivation.

  2. Tang Jianwei:

    As far as the future trend is concerned, it is quite obvious that it will continue to decline because the (producer price index) has apparently turned negative last month, and when PPI has turned negative, the profits of industrial enterprises will go down, profits at mid- and downstream sectors may stabilize while the upstream sector will face immense pressure.

  3. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak:

    (The outlook that the market won't balance until the first half of 2017) is an optimistic forecast as oversupply persists and the decline in production volumes is slower than analysts expected.

  4. Guillaume Tresca:

    There is a strong fear of a depegging of the riyal, and these fears have increased with the decline of oil prices, the market is pricing in a depreciation of about 3 to 4 percent.

  5. Jane E. Brody:

    Turn your midlife crisis to your own advantage by making it a time for renewal of your body and mind, rather than stand by helplessly and watch them decline.

Images & Illustrations of decline

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Translations for 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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