decline

[ dih-klahyn ]
/ dɪˈklaɪn /

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

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

noun

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 declining

decline

/ (dɪˈklaɪn) /

verb

noun

Derived Forms

declinable, 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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