decline (Meaning)

Wordnet

decline (n)

change toward something smaller or lower

a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state

a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current

a downward slope or bend

Wordnet

decline (v)

grow worse

refuse to accept

show unwillingness towards

grow smaller

go down

go down in value

inflect for number, gender, case, etc.

Webster

decline (v. i.)

To bend, or lean downward; to take a downward direction; to bend over or hang down, as from weakness, weariness, despondency, etc.; to condescend.

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.

To turn or bend aside; to deviate; to stray; to withdraw; as, a line that declines from straightness; conduct that declines from sound morals.

To turn away; to shun; to refuse; -- the opposite of accept or consent; as, he declined, upon principle.

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.

That period of a disorder or paroxysm when the symptoms begin to abate in violence; as, the decline of a fever.

A gradual sinking and wasting away of the physical faculties; any wasting disease, esp. pulmonary consumption; as, to die of a decline.

Webster

decline (v. t.)

To bend downward; to bring down; to depress; to cause to bend, or fall.

To cause to decrease or diminish.

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.

To inflect, or rehearse in order the changes of grammatical form of; as, to decline a noun or an adjective.

To run through from first to last; to repeat like a schoolboy declining a noun.

decline Sentence Examples

  1. Sales tend to decline during economic recessions.
  2. She decided to decline the job offer due to the long commute.
  3. As we age, our physical abilities may decline.
  4. The company's stock price experienced a sharp decline after the earnings report.
  5. He chose to decline the invitation to the party, preferring to stay home.
  6. The patient's health began to decline after the surgery.
  7. The decline in biodiversity poses a significant threat to ecosystems worldwide.
  8. Despite his declining popularity, he remained steadfast in his beliefs.
  9. The decline in academic performance prompted the student to seek tutoring.
  10. The decline of traditional industries has led to unemployment in many regions.

FAQs About the word decline

change toward something smaller or lower, a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state, a gradual decrease; as of sto

refuse, reject, throw out, deselect, dispute, pass, spurn,ignore, withdraw, dismiss

tolerate, adopt, swallow, approve,accept, agree (to), agree (to), receive, tolerate, receive

Sales tend to decline during economic recessions.

She decided to decline the job offer due to the long commute.

As we age, our physical abilities may decline.

The company's stock price experienced a sharp decline after the earnings report.