Synonyms of decline in English:

decline

verb

  • 1 she declined all invitations he offered me a cigarette but I declined
    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-off
    British informal knock back
    Australian informal snout
    [Antonyms] accept
  • 2 the number of small local traders has declined
    decrease, reduce, get smaller, grow smaller, lessen, get less, diminish, wane, dwindle, contract, shrink, fall off, taper off, tail off, peter out; drop, fall, go down, sink, slump, plummet, plunge
    informal nosedive, take a nosedive, take a header, go into a tailspin, crash
    [Antonyms] increase
  • 3 standards of craftsmanship steadily declined
    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 forgotten
    Australian/New Zealand informal go to the pack
    [Antonyms] flourish
  • noun

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  • 1 the company suffered a decline in profits
    [Antonyms] increase
  • 2 there is a link between pollution and forest decline
    deterioration, degeneration, degradation, shrinkage, shrinking, withering, atrophy, weakening, enfeeblement, fall, failure, death, decay, decaying
    dated decadence
    rare devolution
  • Phrases

    in decline

    the prosperity of the Mediterranean world was in declinewaningdecliningon the declinedecayingcrumblingcollapsingatrophyingfailingdisappearingdyingmoribundpast its primeobsolescent informalon its last legson the way out

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    decline, refuse, reject, spurn
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