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decline

de·cline

decline

 
 
pronunciation:
dih klaIn
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: declined, declines, declining
definition 1: to refuse (to do or to give something).
The mayor declined to be interviewed.The candidate declined to predict the outcome of the election.The reporters asked the actress about the incident, but she declined comment.
synonyms:
refuse
similar words:
deny
definition 2: to politely refuse (a thing).
I'm sorry, but I'll have to decline your offer.We were busy and had to decline the invitation.
synonyms:
refuse, reject
antonyms:
accept
similar words:
deny, rebuff
definition 3: to cause to slope downward.
I declined the back of my seat so that I could take a nap.
synonyms:
slope
similar words:
descend, dip, plunge, sink, slant
definition 4: in grammar, to list systematically all the inflected forms of (a noun, adjective, or pronoun).
I still remember how to decline the Russian pronouns.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to refuse politely.
He asked her to dance, but she declined.
synonyms:
demur, refuse
antonyms:
accept
similar words:
balk, protest
definition 2: to grow weaker or diminish gradually.
My father's health is declining and he can no longer live alone.His fortune has declined in recent years.
synonyms:
abate, decrease, degenerate, deteriorate, ebb, fail, fall, flag, lessen, sink, wane, weaken
antonyms:
blossom, grow, thrive
similar words:
collapse, decay, diminish, drop off, dwindle, fade away, fall off, lag, languish, perish, peter out, shrivel, slip, subside, taper, waste
definition 3: to slope or incline downward.
The road declines sharply here, so put the truck in low gear.
synonyms:
descend, dip, fall, plunge, sink, slope
similar words:
slant
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a falling off or loss.
I've noticed a decline in my strength recently.Last year, there was a decline in the number of crimes in the city.
synonyms:
deterioration, diminution, drop, ebb, loss, wane
antonyms:
development, growth, rise
similar words:
atrophy, decrease, dip, downturn, evening, failing, failure, regression, sag
definition 2: movement downward.
This chart shows the decline in profits over the last six months.
synonyms:
downswing, downturn, drop-off, fall, plunge
similar words:
down, lowering, nose dive, recession, regression, slump
definition 3: a downward slope.
There is a decline in the road just ahead.
synonyms:
declivity, dip, downgrade, drop-off
similar words:
down, drop, fall, grade, incline, pitch, ramp, slant, slope
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derivations: declinable (adj.), decliner (n.)
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