- The definition of a decline is a lessening or failing.
- An example of decline is the collapse of the Roman Empire.
- An example of decline is the quality of a glass of milk as it starts to sour over time.
- An example of decline is the failing health of someone with cancer.
- Decline is defined as to refuse something, slope downward, become less or to sink from view.
- An example of decline is someone saying no when they've been asked out to dinner.
- An example of decline is a ski run.
- An example of decline is the unemployment rate going from 9% to 7.5%.
- An example of decline is the sun setting in the West.
- to bend, turn, or slope downward or aside
- to sink, as the setting sun
- to approach the end; wane: the day is declining
- to lessen in force, health, value, etc.; deteriorate; decay
- to descend to behavior that is base or immoral
- to refuse to accept or do something, esp. in a way that is formally polite
Origin: Middle English declinen ; from Old French decliner, to bend, turn aside ; from Classical Latin declinare, to bend from, inflect ; from de-, from (see de-) plush clinare, to bend: see lean
- to cause to bend or slope downward or aside
- to refuse, esp. in a formally polite way: I must decline your offer
- Gram. to inflect (a noun, pronoun, or adjective) systematically, giving its different forms according to case, number, and gender
- a declining or becoming less, smaller, etc.; decay
- a failing of health, etc.
- a period of decline
- the last part: the decline of life
- Archaic a wasting disease
- a downward slope
- decliner noun
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verb de·clined, de·clin·ing, de·clines verb, intransitive
- To express polite refusal.
- a. To slope downward; descend.b. To bend downward; droop.
- To degrade or lower oneself; condescend.
- To deteriorate gradually; fail.
- a. To sink, as the setting sun.b. To draw to a gradual close; wane.
- To refuse politely: I declined their offer of help. See Synonyms at refuse1.
- To cause to slope or bend downward.
- Grammar To inflect (a noun, a pronoun, or an adjective) for number and case.
- The process or result of declining, especially a gradual deterioration.
- A downward movement.
- The period when something approaches an end.
- A downward slope; a declivity.
- A disease that gradually weakens or wastes the body.
Origin: Middle English declinen, from Old French decliner, from Latin dēclīnāre, to turn away, bend downward, change the form of a word : dē-, de- + -clīnāre, to lean, bend; see klei- in Indo-European roots.
- de·clinˈa·ble adjective
- de·clinˈer noun