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Synonyms for decline

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  1. declinenoun


  2. declinenoun

    To move downwards, to fall, to drop.

    The dollar has declined rapidly since 2001.


  3. declinenoun

    To become weaker or worse.

    My health declined in winter.


  4. declinenoun

    To refuse, forbear.

    On reflection I think I will decline your generous offer.


  5. declinenoun

    To list the inflected forms of a noun, pronoun (and in some languages adjective) for case and number.


English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. decline

    The storm, the fever, the pain abates. Interest declines. Misfortunes may be mitigated, desires moderated, intense anger abated, population decreased, taxes reduced. We abate a nuisance, terminate a controversy, suppress a rebellion. See ALLEVIATE.

    abate, decrease, diminish, ebb, lessen, lower, mitigate, moderate, reduce, subside

    aggravate, amplify, continue, develop, enhance, enlarge, extend, foment, increase, magnify, rage, raise, revive

    Abate in fury; abated by law.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. decline, diminutionnoun

    change toward something smaller or lower

    fall, decay, downslope, descent, declension, declivity, decrease, step-down, reduction, declination, diminution

    melioration, improvement

  2. decline, declinationnoun

    a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state

    dec, fall, decay, downslope, descent, celestial latitude, declension, declivity, regrets, declination, diminution

    melioration, improvement

  3. decay, declinenoun

    a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current

    disintegration, fall, decay, downslope, descent, radioactive decay, decomposition, declension, declivity, declination, diminution

    improvement, melioration

  4. descent, declivity, fall, decline, declination, declension, downslopeverb

    a downward slope or bend

    extraction, pin, stemma, crepuscule, parentage, dip, pedigree, gloam, bloodline, twilight, diminution, decline in quality, dec, spill, gloaming, downslope, tumble, regrets, declivity, decay, surrender, worsening, declination, descent, lineage, fall, filiation, autumn, stock, deterioration, evenfall, origin, celestial latitude, line, line of descent, downfall, declension, drop, crepuscle, nightfall, dusk, free fall, ancestry, blood, blood line, capitulation

    improvement, melioration

  5. worsen, declineverb

    grow worse

    "Conditions in the slum worsened"

    wane, reject, refuse, exasperate, pass up, turn down, aggravate, slump, worsen, go down, correct, exacerbate

    improvement, melioration

  6. refuse, reject, pass up, turn down, declineverb

    refuse to accept

    "He refused my offer of hospitality"

    freeze off, reject, rule out, go down, deny, resist, worsen, winnow out, lower, correct, lour, spurn, pooh-pooh, wane, disapprove, disdain, scorn, pass up, defy, turn away, refuse, eliminate, slump, turn down

    improvement, melioration

  7. refuse, declineverb

    show unwillingness towards

    "he declined to join the group on a hike"

    defy, turn away, refuse, correct, worsen, pass up, turn down, deny, slump, resist, wane, go down, reject

    improvement, melioration

  8. decline, go down, waneverb

    grow smaller

    "Interest in the project waned"

    reject, go down, come down, set, refuse, go under, settle, correct, sink, pass up, descend, fall, worsen, crash, wane, slump, turn down

    improvement, melioration

  9. declineverb

    go down

    "The roof declines here"

    wane, refuse, pass up, turn down, slump, worsen, correct, go down, reject

    melioration, improvement

  10. decline, slump, correctverb

    go down in value

    "the stock market corrected"; "prices slumped"

    right, even out, reject, chasten, go down, adjust, refuse, slouch, objurgate, discipline, set, redress, correct, sink, rectify, worsen, even up, slide down, counterbalance, chastise, wane, compensate, sort out, even off, fall off, pass up, make up, castigate, slump, turn down

    melioration, improvement

  11. declineverb

    inflect for number, gender, case, etc., "in many languages, speakers decline nouns, pronouns, and adjectives"

    wane, refuse, pass up, turn down, slump, worsen, correct, go down, reject

    melioration, improvement

Editors Contribution

  1. nerf

    the term in gaming ones, as slang, to make it weaker or worse

    there is a nerf to the skills in-game.

    Submitted by rinat on August 15, 2019  
  2. suge

    a sudden increase or a sudden strong rush

    Submitted by 283966 on October 22, 2019  
  3. waned

    have smaller part of its visible

    waned in popularity

    Submitted by acronimous on March 4, 2014  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. declineverb

    lean downward

  2. declineverb

    decay, sink, droop, languish, pine, fail, become feeble

  3. declineverb

    deteriorate, degenerate, be impaired

  4. declineverb

    decrease, lessen, diminish, wane, fall away

  5. declineverb

    refuse, reject

  6. declineverb

    (Gram.) inflect, vary

  7. declinenoun

    deterioration, degeneracy, decay, diminution, falling off

  8. declinenoun

    consumption, phthisis, marasmus, atrophy, gradual wasting, progressive emaciation

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How to use decline in a sentence?

  1. Gil Luria:

    Wall Street and the investment community [ have ] caught up with [ the fact that ] that the core business at Facebook Papers is no longer growing, it may even be in decline at some point, and therefore Facebook Papers has had to make an enormous pivot into a tangential, and really unrelated, space.

  2. Mark Hugo Lopez:

    This trend matches a number of other trends that we've seen among unauthorized immigrants, generally speaking, that population has been in decline.

  3. Rochelle Walensky:

    I do think in places that we are seeing this really steep incline, that we may well see also a precipitous decline, but we're also a much bigger country than South Africa.

  4. Steven Amstrup:

    Despite uncertainties about how this bear got into this starvingcondition, we can be absolutely certainif we allow the world to continue to warm, there will be ever greater numbers of such events as survival rates decline over more and more of the polar bear range, andwe can be certainthat, without halting greenhouse gas rise, the world’s polar bears gradually will disappear.

  5. Masato Koike:

    Consumption, especially service spending, will continue to decline while restrictions apply on economic activity, a slump in January-March consumption is unavoidable.

Translations for decline

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  • رفArabic
  • праскланя́ць, скланя́цьBelarusian
  • упадък, наклонявам се надолу, склон, отказвам, скланям, влошавам се, западане, западам, спадам, влошаванеBulgarian
  • declivi, declinar-se, caiguda, refusar, declinar, debilitar-seCatalan, Valencian
  • skloňovat, pokles, klesat, odmítnoutCzech
  • sinken, Fall, zurückgehen, Rückgang, ablehnen, abnehmen, deklinieren, Abnahme, fallen, GefälleGerman
  • declinar, rechazarSpanish
  • کاهش می یابدPersian
  • alamäki, taivuttaa, lasku, heikentyä, heikentyminen, laskea, pudotus, heiketä, pudota, kieltäytyäFinnish
  • bendaFaroese
  • refuser, accorderFrench
  • meath, meathlú, meathlaighIrish
  • claon, rach bhuaitheScottish Gaelic
  • ירידה, נחלש, היחלשות, היטה, ירד, סירב, נפילה, דחהHebrew
  • refizeHaitian Creole
  • hanyatlik, gyengül, hanyatlásHungarian
  • declinareItalian
  • ბრუნებაGeorgian
  • abnegō, declinesLatin
  • afname, helling, achteruitgaan, afwijzen, afzwakken, verzwakking, verbuigen, verval, terugval, achteruitgang, afnemen, weigeren, vervallen, terugvallen, verzwakkenDutch
  • avslåNorwegian
  • deklinować, [[odmieniać]] ([[przez]] [[przypadekPolish
  • declive, declinar, declínio, recusarPortuguese
  • спад, склонять, упадок, уклон, ухудшение, склон, сокращение, спускRussian
  • одбити, odbitiSerbo-Croatian
  • medlut, utförsbacke, nedförsbackeSwedish
  • 下降Chinese

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