Definition of decline in English:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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- 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.
- declining years
- 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.
- 1.1The 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.
- decliner 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.
lean from Old English:
The two words spelled lean are of different origins. Both are Old English, but the one meaning ‘be in a sloping position’ shares a root of Latin clinare, as in incline (Middle English); decline (Late Middle English); and recline (Late Middle English). We sometimes talk of lean years or a lean period. This expression comes from the story of Joseph in the Bible. He successfully interprets Pharaoh's disturbing dream, in which seven plump, healthy cattle come out of the river and begin to feed. Seven lean, malnourished animals then leave the river and proceed to eat the plump cattle. According to Joseph's interpretation, there will be seven years of plenty in Egypt followed by seven lean years. Pharaoh, impressed by Joseph, appoints him vice-regent to prepare the country for the ordeal of the seven lean years. A person who is lean and hungry is active and alert-looking. The phrase comes from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar—‘Yond' Cassius has a lean and hungry look.’
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