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Synonyms for decline

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. decline, diminution(noun)

    change toward something smaller or lower

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

    melioration, improvement

  2. decline, declination(noun)

    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, decline(noun)

    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, downslope(verb)

    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, decline(verb)

    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, decline(verb)

    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, decline(verb)

    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, wane(verb)

    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. decline(verb)

    go down

    "The roof declines here"

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

    melioration, improvement

  10. decline, slump, correct(verb)

    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. decline(verb)

    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


  1. decline(noun)


  2. decline(noun)

    To move downwards, to fall, to drop.

    The dollar has declined rapidly since 2001.


  3. decline(noun)

    To become weaker or worse.

    My health declined in winter.


  4. decline(noun)

    To refuse, forbear.

    On reflection I think I will decline your generous offer.


  5. decline(noun)

    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.

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. decline(v. n.)

    lean downward

  2. decline(v. n.)

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

  3. decline(v. n.)

    deteriorate, degenerate, be impaired

  4. decline(v. n.)

    decrease, lessen, diminish, wane, fall away

  5. decline(v. a.)

    refuse, reject

  6. decline(v. a.)

    (Gram.) inflect, vary

  7. decline(n.)

    deterioration, degeneracy, decay, diminution, falling off

  8. decline(n.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. decline(n)

    deterioration, retrogradation, diminution, retrogression, degeneracy, declension, declination, decay, progressive emaciation, marasmus

    progress, advancement, improvement

  2. decline(v)

    lean, incline, bend, languish, sink, wane, diminish, decrease, deteriorate, retrograde, deviate, stray, shun, refuse

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How to use decline in a sentence?

  1. Michael Holland:

    With the backdrop of a pervasive nervous marketplace ... you then have the decline in oil prices, which trips off not just further concern from real-life individuals but also more importantly from the machines which trade based on headlines.

  2. Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou:

    The decline in oil prices is the biggest factor here. It is a problem for policymakers and a problem for the world because it creates disinflation, no market is immune ... and until markets find an equilibrium for oil prices we are going to have a lot of volatility.

  3. Bill McDermott:

    We bought always assets that are best-in-class, which are assending in value, we have never bought something that was impaired and in decline.

  4. James Trussell:

    You have to squint really hard to make much of the movement (in the unintended pregnancy rate) over the last 20 years until now, this is an extremely welcome decline.

  5. Emeasoba George:

    A failure is nobody else but anyone who fails to accomplish or complete whatever he or she has started already. Yes! you are not and can't be a failure until and unless you withdraw or decline from accomplishing or completing your career, destiny, goal, mission, dream, vision, aspiration and what have you? So come on, endeavour by all means to accomplish or complete whatever you've left unfinished or unaccomplished all the while. Never forget, refusing to do just that will automatically make you a failure. -Emeasoba George

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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