decline

[ dih-klahyn ]
/ dɪˈklaɪn /

verb (used with object), de·clined, de·clin·ing.

verb (used without object), de·clined, de·clin·ing.

noun


Nearby words

  1. declinable,
  2. declinate,
  3. declination,
  4. declinatory,
  5. declinature,
  6. decline and fall of the roman empire, the,
  7. declinometer,
  8. declive,
  9. declivitous,
  10. declivity

Origin of decline

1275–1325; (v.) Middle English declinen < Old French: to inflect, turn aside, sink < Latin dēclīnāre to slope, incline, bend; compare Greek klī́nein to lean1; (noun) Middle English declin < Old French, derivative of decliner

SYNONYMS FOR decline
1. reject. See refuse1. 9. degenerate, decay, weaken, diminish, languish. 13. hill. 15. retrogression, degeneration, enfeeblement, weakening.

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British Dictionary definitions for decline

decline

/ (dɪˈklaɪn) /

verb

noun

Derived Formsdeclinable, adjectivedecliner, noun

Word Origin for decline

C14: from Old French decliner to inflect, turn away, sink, from Latin dēclīnāre to bend away, inflect grammatically

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