Decline - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dɪˈklaɪn|  American pronunciation of the word decline
Brit.  |dɪˈklaɪn|  British pronunciation of the word decline


- change toward something smaller or lower (syn: diminution)
- a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state (syn: declination)
- a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current (syn: decay)
- a downward slope or bend (syn: declension, declination, declivity, descent, fall)
- grow worse (syn: worsen)
- refuse to accept (syn: pass up, refuse, reject, turn down)
- show unwillingness towards (syn: refuse)
- grow smaller (syn: go down, wane)
- go down
- go down in value (syn: correct, slump)
- inflect for number, gender, case, etc.


The construction of new houses declined five percent this year.

The animal's numbers are declining rapidly.

My grandmother's health has been declining since she broke her hip.

The civilization began to decline around 1000 B.C.

The company declined comment on the scandal.

He changed his mind and declined the company's offer.

I invited him, but he declined.

He says that American industry is in a state of decline.

The town fell into decline after the factory closed down.

The economy experienced a decline of two million jobs.

We saw a sharp decline in sales this month.

Declines led advances at the end of the trading day.

There was some decline in stock prices at the end of the trading session.

The day declined.

His health was declining.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: decline
he/she/it: declines
present participle: declining
past tense: declined
past participle: declined
singular: decline
plural: declines
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