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 drop in fundraising will produce a further decline in educational quality.

  • 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

  • A survey of UK clinics carried out by the authority earlier this year found that 62% of clinics predicted that the move would lead to a further decline in donations.

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