Definition of "decline" []

  • To express polite refusal. (verb-intransitive)
  • To slope downward; descend. (verb-intransitive)
  • To bend downward; droop. (verb-intransitive)
  • To degrade or lower oneself; condescend. (verb-intransitive)
  • To deteriorate gradually; fail. (verb-intransitive)
  • To refuse to do or accept (something), esp politely (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To grow smaller; diminish (verb)
  • To slope or cause to slope downwards (verb)
  • To deteriorate gradually, as in quality, health, or character (verb)
  • To state or list the inflections of (a noun, adjective, or pronoun), or (of a noun, adjective, or pronoun) to be inflected for number, case, or gender (verb)
  • Gradual deterioration or loss (noun)
  • A movement downwards or towards something smaller; diminution (noun)
  • A downward slope; declivity (noun)
  • Any slowly progressive disease, such as tuberculosis (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "decline" in a sentence
  • "By now the manner of writing about a Pope in decline is as ritualized as a Holy Thursday mass at Saint Peter's."
  • "The pinyons died mainly because of an Ips epidemic I am not a big fan of the term decline as it is usually used for trees."
  • "This is the first time, I think I had ever use the term decline in reporting EPR's financial results."