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decline

noun

1 decline

Change toward something smaller or lower.

synonym: diminution.



2 decline

A condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state.

synonym: declination.

Polish: spadek

3 decline

A gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current.

synonym: decay.

Roget 655: disease; illness, sickness etc. adj.; ailing &c.; all the ills that flesh is heir to" [Hamlet]; morbidity, morbosity; infirmity, ailment, indisposition; ... show more

Roget 124: oldness etc. adj.; age, antiquity; cobwebs of antiquity.    maturity; decline, decay; senility etc. 128.    seniority, eldership, ... show more

Dutch: decadentie

4 decline

A downward slope or bend.

synonyms: declension, declination, declivity, descent, downslope, fall.

Roget 36: decrease, diminution; lessening etc. v.; subtraction etc. 38; reduction, abatement, declension; shrinking etc. (contraction.) ... show more

Roget 659: deterioration, debasement; wane, ebb; recession etc. 287; retrogradation etc. 283; decrease etc. 36.    ... show more

Dutch: achteruitgang, afdaling, afkomst, afname, daling, helling, terugval, verval

verb

1 decline

Grow worse.

synonym: worsen.

Roget 735: be ill off etc. adj.; go hard with; fall on evil, fall on evil days; go on ill; not prosper etc. 734.    go downhill, go to rack and ruin etc. (destruction) ... show more

Roget 160: be weak etc. adj.; drop, crumble, give way, totter, tremble, shake, halt, limp, fade, languish, decline, ... show more

Dutch: achteruitgaan, achteruithobbelen, achteruitmarcheren, afglijden

2 decline

Refuse to accept.

synonyms: pass up, refuse, reject, turn down.

Roget 764: refuse, reject, deny, decline, turn down; nill, negative; refuse one's assent, withhold one's assent; shake the head; close the hand, close the purse; grudge, begrudge, ... show more

Roget 610: reject; set aside, lay aside; give up; decline etc. (refuse) 764; exclude, except; pluck, spin; cast.    repudiate, ... show more

Dutch: afwijzen, weigeren

3 decline

Show unwillingness towards:
— He declined to join the group on a hike.

synonym: refuse.

Dutch: refuseren, verdommen, verdraaien, verrekken, vertikken, weigeren

4 decline

Grow smaller.

synonyms: go down, wane.

Roget 306: descend; go down, drop down, come down; fall, gravitate, drop, slip, slide, rappel, settle; plunge, plummet, ... show more

Roget 128: be aged etc. adj.; grow old, get old etc. adj.; age; decline, wane, dodder; senesce.   

Roget 36: decrease, diminish, lessen; abridge etc. (shorten) 201; shrink etc. (contract) 195; drop off, fall off, tail off; ... show more

Dutch: slinken

5 decline

Go down.

6 decline

Go down in value.

synonyms: correct, slump.

7 decline

Inflect for number, gender, case, etc..

Dutch: flecteren, inflecteren, verbuigen


adjective

Roget 659: unimproved etc. (improve) etc. 658; deteriorated etc. v.; altered, altered for the worse; injured etc. v.; ... show more

Moby thesaurus: abate, abatement, abjure, ablate, abstain, abstain from, age, analyze, anility, arrear, arrearage, arrears, ascend, asking price, avoid, backslide, backsliding, balk, bank, bate ... show more.

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