decline

decline
1 noun (singular, uncountable) a gradual decrease in the quality, quantity, or importance of something (+ in): a sharp decline in profits | economic/moral etc decline: Economic decline is often tangled up with political turmoil. | fall/go into decline (=start to decrease): The activities of Welsh mines went into decline after about 1880. 2 verb
1 BECOME LESS (I) to decrease in quantity or importance: In regions such as New England textile industries had declined and unemployment was high. | declining prices
2 BECOME WORSE (I) to become gradually worse in quality: Do you think standards of education have declined in recent years? | declining health
3 SAY NO (I, T) to say no when someone invites you somewhere or offers you something: Talbot had been invited but declined on the grounds that he was too busy. | decline an offer/proposal etc: We declined their offer of financial help.
4 REFUSE to refuse to do something: decline to do sth: Allen angrily declined to discuss the matter.
—see refuse 1
5 sb's declining years formal the last years of someone's life
6 GRAMMAR technical
a) (I) if a noun, pronoun, or adjective declines, its form changes according to whether it is the subject 1 (5), object 1 (6) etc of a sentence
b) (T) if you decline a noun etc, you show these various forms that it can take

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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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

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  • 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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