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Definition of Decline

Decline

  1. To bend, or lean downward; to take a downward direction; to bend over or hang down, as from weakness, weariness, despondency, etc.; to condescend.
  2. 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.
  3. To turn or bend aside; to deviate; to stray; to withdraw; as, a line that declines from straightness; conduct that declines from sound morals.
  4. To turn away; to shun; to refuse; -- the opposite of accept or consent; as, he declined, upon principle.
  5. To bend downward; to bring down; to depress; to cause to bend, or fall.
  6. To cause to decrease or diminish.
  7. 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.
  8. To inflect, or rehearse in order the changes of grammatical form of; as, to decline a noun or an adjective.
  9. To run through from first to last; to repeat like a schoolboy declining a noun.
  10. 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.
  11. That period of a disorder or paroxysm when the symptoms begin to abate in violence; as, the decline of a fever.
  12. A gradual sinking and wasting away of the physical faculties; any wasting disease, esp. pulmonary consumption; as, to die of a decline.

Decline Quotations

The Endangered Species Act is the strongest and most effective tool we have to repair the environmental harm that is causing a species to decline.
Norm Dicks

Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.
Aristotle

Whipping and abuse are like laudanum: you have to double the dose as the sensibilities decline.
Harriet Beecher Stowe

Increased physical activity during the school day can help children's attention, classroom behavior, and achievement test scores. Meanwhile, the decline of play is closely linked to ADHD; behavioral problems; and stunted social, cognitive, and creative development.
Darell Hammond

All respect for the office of the presidency aside, I assumed that the obvious and unadulterated decline of freedom and constitutional sovereignty, not to mention the efforts to curb the power of judicial review, spoke for itself.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Decline Translations

decline in Dutch is dalen, kleiner worden, afnemen
decline in Italian is rifiutare
decline in Latin is recuso, declive
decline in Spanish is declinar
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