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Synonyms of decline in English:


  • 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
    informalgive the thumbs down (to), give the red light (to), give something a miss, give someone the brush-off
    British informalknock back
    Australian informalsnout
    [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
    informalnosedive, 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 informalgo to the pack
    [Antonyms] flourish
  • noun

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  • 1 the company suffered a decline in profits
    North American downtick
    informalnosedive, crash, let-up
    [Antonyms] increase
  • 2 there is a link between pollution and forest decline
  • Phrases

    in decline

    the prosperity of the Mediterranean world was in decline
    waning, declining, on the decline, decaying, crumbling, collapsing, atrophying, failing, disappearing, dying, moribund, past its prime, obsolescent
    informalon its last legs, on the way out

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    decline, refuse, reject, spurn
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