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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

Does art have a future? Performance genres like opera, theater, music and dance are thriving all over the world, but the visual arts have been in slow decline for nearly 40 years. No major figure of profound influence has emerged in painting or sculpture since the waning of Pop Art and the birth of Minimalism in the early 1970s.
Camille Paglia

Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms.
Aristotle

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

Wal-Mart's size and scale is so vast they literally have the ability to change the face of the entire country. If Wal-Mart were to make a decision tomorrow to refuse to sell a single product made with partially hydrogenated oils, for example, we'd probably see rates from heart disease decline a few years later. That's how powerful Wal-Mart is.
Simon Sinek

In New York, if you weigh under 200 pounds and decline so much as a cookie at a co-worker's party, women will flock to your side, assuring you of your appealing physique. This is how skittish we are about the dangers of anorexia and the pressures of body image.
Sloane Crosley
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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