- 1 [no object] (Typically of something regarded as good) become smaller, fewer, or less; decrease: the birth rate continued to declineMore example sentences
- However, the singles market continued to decline, with a drop of nearly 30 per cent on overall sales.
- Both national and community studies have shown that physical activity decreases after early adulthood and continues to decline after age 50.
- Housing prices in general continued to decline in April, with a drop of 7.1 per cent.
- 1.1Diminish in strength or quality; deteriorate: her health began to decline (as adjective declining) declining industriesMore example sentences
deteriorate, degenerate, decay, crumble, collapse, fail, fall, sink, slump, slip, slide, go downhill, worsen, get worse, go to rack and ruin, stagnate, atrophy, wither, weaken, fade, fade away, wane, ebb; be abandoned, be neglected, be disregarded, be forgottenAustralian/New Zealand • informal go to the pack• rare retrograde
- So the title of your book is interesting because we hear a lot about educational standards declining because of fewer students excelling in sciences and math.
- The report said the quality of the educational provision and standards pupils achieve have declined significantly since its last inspection.
- And the education they get is declining in quality.
- 2 [with object] Politely refuse (an invitation or offer): Caroline declined the coffee [with infinitive]: the company declined to commentMore example sentences
turn down, reject, brush aside, refuse, rebuff, spurn, disdain, look down one's nose at, repulse, repudiate, dismiss, forgo, deny oneself, pass up, refuse to take advantage of, turn one's back on; abstain (from), say no to, shake one's head, send one's regrets• informal give the thumbs down (to), give the red light (to), give something a miss, give someone the brush-offBritish • informal knock backAustralian • informal snout
- Needless to say, I politely declined their invitations.
- He declined my offer of coffee and left without as much as giving me a reason why he didn't want to stay.
- We chatted for a while, and I politely declined his offer of a drink in the pub after work.
- 3 [no object] (Especially of the sun) move downwards: the sun began to creep round to the west and to declineMore example sentences
- We have designed the extension to capture the last scraps of sun as it declines behind the hill in the early evening.
- 3.1 • archaic Bend down; droop: the wearisome creatures of the world declining to their restMore example sentences
- Declining from his sitting position…[he] stretched himself…among the daisies.
- 4 [with object] (In the grammar of Latin, Greek, and certain other languages) state the forms of (a noun, pronoun, or adjective) corresponding to case, number, and gender.More example sentences
- Lyly declined English nouns as if they were Latin.
- The girls would happily sit for hours on end in his study declining Greek nouns and reading political philosophy.
- Reminder: you decline the verb to be as follows: I am, You are, He/she/it is, We are, You are, They are.
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- 1A gradual and continuous loss of strength, numbers, or value: a serious decline in bird numbers [mass noun]: a civilization in declineMore example sentences
reduction, decrease, downturn, downswing, lowering, devaluation, depreciation, lessening, diminishing, diminution, slackening, waning, dwindling, fading, ebb, falling off, abatement, drop, slump, plunge, tumbledeterioration, degeneration, degradation, shrinkage, shrinking, withering, atrophy, weakening, enfeeblement, fall, failure, death, decay, decaying• dated decadence• rare devolutionwaning, declining, on the decline, decaying, crumbling, collapsing, atrophying, failing, disappearing, dying, moribund, past its prime, obsolescent• informal on its last legs, on the way out
- The production side of the economy has seen a continuous decline in British manufacturing, with a loss of 1 million jobs since Labour came to power in 1997.
- A few workshops produce domestic cloth such as woolen blankets and covers, but this type of weaving is on the decline in the face of cheap, factory-made goods.
- Amateur boxing is on the decline in Europe and America.
- The period of one’s old age: he needed a companion for his declining yearsMore example sentences
- Relatively few nowadays are prepared to have their parents live with them in their declining years, although this would obviously make looking after grandchildren easier for the physically-fit elderly.
- But, why should pensioners, most of whom have spent their lives lavishing what money they had on their children, not use their equity to enjoy themselves in their declining years?
- There was little choice for users of mental health services or older people who could not decide where to spend their declining years.
- The period leading up to the end of an enterprise or institution: the declining years of the Austro-Hungarian empireMore example sentences
- The Accord grew out of a period of industrial warfare, in the declining years of the Fraser government.
- How does this show, even in its declining years, still manage to rack up such an assortment of cute men and women previously unbeknownst to the world at large?
- In the opening pages of The Seduction of Place, his new book on the city, Anglo-American architect and historian Joseph Rykwert recounts his own formation during the declining years of the modernist movement.
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- When "eka" is used in the sense of ‘some, certain, incomparable’, it is declinable in the three genders and in both numbers.
- Year after year, his explanations of connecting vowels and genitives of nouns and declinable adjectives fell on deaf ears.
- The gender agreement rule is that, in the singular, the declinable premodifiers (determiners and adjectives) should agree with the gender of the head noun.
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- Petroleum and its textile businesses were the only two decliners in the first half, as textile earnings dropped 44 per cent to HK $46 million.
- On the New York Stock Exchange, decliners beat advancers by two to one as 455 million shares traded.
- In Jakarta, the stock index dropped by 0.7 percent; the biggest decliner in the region.
late Middle English: from Old French decliner, from Latin declinare 'bend down, turn aside', from de- 'down' + clinare 'to bend'.