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.
- decline and fall of the roman empire, the,
Origin of decline
Examples from the Web for decline
Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said the decline was a result of an effort to decrease gang violence.
The loss of this “expectation” game began his decline and ultimate withdrawal from the race.
Thanks to CompStat and strategies added by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, crime continued to decline.
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|James Kirchick|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This means a decline in habitat quality for grazers like bison and elk, whose winter-killed carcasses grizzlies feed upon.
The audit office should have information at hand sufficient to decline the claim or settle it immediately.The Modern Railroad|Edward Hungerford
The invitation was proffered, and Samuel Lynn did not see reason to decline it.Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles|Mrs. Henry Wood
The Roman conquest accelerated the decline in severe taste, when different orders began to be used indiscriminately.Beacon Lights of History, Volume III|John Lord
The fact is we decline to take anyone else seriously, but we make up for that by taking ourselves with redoubled seriousness.The Champagne Standard|Mrs. John Lane
I have thought it wiser to close my survey with the decline of the romantic movement.A History of French Literature|Edward Dowden
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.)).