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Definition of 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

Every time a woman leaves the workforce because she can't find or afford childcare, or she can't work out a flexible arrangement with her boss, or she has no paid maternity leave, her family's income falls down a notch. Simultaneously, national productivity numbers decline.
Madeleine M. Kunin

Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.

I respectfully decline the invitation to join your hallucination.
Scott Adams

There's no light at the end of the tunnel in the Republican message, no promise of better things to come. There's only the present stagnation, followed by a slow decline.
John Podhoretz

It may be coincidence that the decline of newspapers has corresponded with the rise of social media. Or maybe not.
Ryan Holmes
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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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