verb (used with object), de·clined, de·clin·ing.
- to inflect (a noun, pronoun, or adjective), as Latin puella, declined puella, puellae, puellae, puellam, puella in the five cases of the singular.
- to recite or display all or some subset of the inflected forms of a noun, pronoun, or adjective in a fixed order.
verb (used without object), de·clined, de·clin·ing.
Origin of decline
Synonyms for decline
Antonyms for decline
Related Words for declinedrop, slump, recession, failure, deterioration, fall, downturn, loss, slide, decrease, dip, drop-off, refuse, dismiss, deny, reject, lower, return, wane, dwindle
Examples from the Web for decline
Contemporary Examples of decline
Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said the decline was a result of an effort to decrease gang violence.America’s 2014 Murder Capital
January 3, 2015
The loss of this “expectation” game began his decline and ultimate withdrawal from the race.The World’s Toughest Political Quiz
December 31, 2014
Thanks to CompStat and strategies added by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, crime continued to decline.Eric Garner Was Just a Number to Them
December 5, 2014
America, Stephens writes, is not necessarily in “decline” but rather “retreat.”‘America in Retreat’: Why Neo-Isolationism Exploded Under Obama and What We Can Do About It
December 1, 2014
This means a decline in habitat quality for grazers like bison and elk, whose winter-killed carcasses grizzlies feed upon.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
Historical Examples of decline
Percival watched the decline with a conviction that he was dreaming.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
They only thought a lawyer could help them--but I'm far too busy--of course I decline.Viviette
William J. Locke
If we permit our economy to drift and decline, the vulnerable will suffer most.
We protect iron-workers, and decline to protect our own daughters.
And so for the present we take leave of the Athenians, in the hour of their decline.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
Word Origin for decline
late 14c., "to turn aside, deviate," from Old French decliner "to sink, decline, degenerate, turn aside," from Latin declinare "to lower, avoid, deviate, to bend from, inflect," from de- "from" (see de-) + clinare "to bend," from PIE *klei-n-, suffixed form of *klei- "to lean" (see lean (v.)). Sense has been altered since c.1400 by interpretation of de- as "downward." Meaning "not to consent, politely refuse," is from 1630s. Related: Declined; declining.
early 14c., "deterioration, degeneration," from Old French declin (see decline (v.)).