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Synonyms for decline

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Wiktionary4.0 / 1 vote

  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 Antonyms5.0 / 1 vote

  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 WordNet3.5 / 6 votes

  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 Contribution0.0 / 0 votes

  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 Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  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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  1. Jonathan Dunn:

    Our view is that growth will decline further because we expect the remittances will decline further.

  2. Sigmund Freud:

    The more the fruits of knowledge become accessible to men, the more widespread is the decline of religious belief.

  3. Jane E. Brody:

    Turn your midlife crisis to your own advantage by making it a time for renewal of your body and mind, rather than stand by helplessly and watch them decline.

  4. Marilyn Ferguson:

    Of all the self-fulfilling prophecies in our culture, the assumption that aging means decline and poor health is probably the deadliest.

  5. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Commencement Address at Harvard University, June 8, 1978.:

    A decline in courage may be the most striking feature that an outside observer notices in the West today. The Western world has lost its civic courage, both as a whole and separately, in each country, in each government, in each political party, and, of course, in the United Nations. Such a decline in courage is particularly noticeable among the ruling and intellectual elites...

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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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    A synonym of "dry"
    • A. drippy
    • B. steamy
    • C. juiceless
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