decline

[[t]dɪkla͟ɪn[/t]]
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declines, declining, declined
1) VERB If something declines, it becomes less in quantity, importance, or strength.

[V from/to/by amount] The number of staff has declined from 217,000 to 114,000...

[V amount] Hourly output by workers declined 1.3% in the first quarter...

Union membership and union power are declining fast.

[V-ing] ...a declining birth rate.

2) VERB If you decline something or decline to do something, you politely refuse to accept it or do it. [FORMAL]

[V n] He declined their invitation...

[V to-inf] The band declined to comment on the story...

He offered the boys some coffee. They declined politely.

3) N-VAR: oft N with poss, N in n If there is a decline in something, it becomes less in quantity, importance, or quality.

There wasn't such a big decline in enrollments after all.

...Rome's decline in the fifth century...

The first signs of economic decline became visible.

4) PHRASE: v-link PHR If something is in decline or on the decline, it is gradually decreasing in importance, quality, or power.

Thankfully the smoking of cigarettes is on the decline...

He is still one of the world's most popular golfers, but his game is in decline.

5) PHRASE If something goes or falls into decline, it begins to gradually decrease in importance, quality, or power.

Libraries are an investment for the future and they should not be allowed to fall into decline.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • 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… …   Wikipedia

  • Decline — De*cline , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Declined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Declining}.] [OE. declinen to bend down, lower, sink, decline (a noun), F. d[ e]cliner to decline, refuse, fr. L. declinare to turn aside, inflect (a part of speech), avoid; de + clinare …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Decline — De*cline , v. t. 1. To bend downward; to bring down; to depress; to cause to bend, or fall. [1913 Webster] In melancholy deep, with head declined. Thomson. [1913 Webster] And now fair Phoebus gan decline in haste His weary wagon to the western… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • decline — vb Decline, refuse, reject, repudiate, spurn are comparable when they mean to turn away something or someone by not consenting to accept, receive, or consider it or him. Decline is the most courteous of these terms and is used chiefly in respect… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • decline — [n1] lessening abatement, backsliding, comedown, cropper*, decay, decrepitude, degeneracy, degeneration, descent, deterioration, devolution, diminution, dissolution, dive, downfall, downgrade, downturn, drop, dwindling, ebb, ebbing, enfeeblement …   New thesaurus

  • decline — [dē klīn′, diklīn′] vi. declined, declining [ME declinen < OFr decliner, to bend, turn aside < L declinare, to bend from, inflect < de , from (see DE ) + clinare, to bend: see LEAN1] 1. to bend, turn, or slope downward or aside 2. a) …   English World dictionary

  • decline — I noun abatement, act of crumbling, act of dwindling, act of falling away, act of lessening, act of losing ground, act of shrinking, act of slipping back, act of wasting away, act of weakening, act of worsening, atrophy, backward step, cheapening …   Law dictionary

  • décliné — ⇒DÉCLINÉ, ÉE, part. passé et adj. I. Part. passé de décliner1. II. Adj. Qui s écarte d une direction donnée. A. [En parlant d un astre] Qui retombe après avoir atteint son point culminant. Les feux des soleils déclinés (RÉGNIER, Prem. poèmes,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • décliné — décliné, ée (dé kli né, née) part. passé. 1°   Fléchi suivant les règles de la déclinaison. Un mot décliné. 2°   Terme de procédure. Dont on n accepte pas la compétence. Cette juridiction déclinée par les parties.    Par extension, refusé. Une… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • decline — ► VERB 1) become smaller, weaker, or less in quality or quantity. 2) politely refuse. 3) (especially of the sun) move downwards. 4) Grammar form (a noun, pronoun, or adjective) according to case, number, and gender. ► NOUN ▪ a gradual and… …   English terms dictionary

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