Definition Of decline


(especially of the sun) move downward.

We have designed the extension to capture the last scraps of sun as it declines behind the hill in the early evening.

(in the grammar of Latin, Greek, and certain other languages) state the forms of (a noun, pronoun, or adjective) corresponding to cases, number, and gender.

Lyly declined English nouns as if they were Latin.

(typically of something regarded as good) become smaller, fewer, or less; decrease.

the birth rate continued to decline

a gradual and continuous loss of strength, numbers, quality, or value.

a serious decline in bird numbers

politely refuse (an invitation or offer).

Caroline declined the coffee

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Example Of decline

  • a civilization in decline

  • A few workshops produce domestic cloth such as woolen blankets and covers, but this type of weaving is on the decline in the face of cheap, factory-made goods.

  • a serious decline in bird numbers

  • Although farm incomes continued to decline in 2002, the low cost of borrowing did much to save off the threat of closure for those struggling with a high level of debt.

  • Although industry experienced modest gains, the region's population continued to decline throughout the last decade.

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