Decline

  • 1 Decline — De*cline , n. [F. d[ e]clin. See {Decline}, v. i.] 1. A falling off; a tendency to a worse state; diminution or decay; deterioration; also, the period when a thing is tending toward extinction or a less perfect state; as, the decline of life; the …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Decline — is a change over time from previously efficient to inefficient organizational functioning, from previously rational to non rational organizational and individual decision making, from previously law abiding to law violating organizational and… …

    Wikipedia

  • 3 Decline — De*cline , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Declined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Declining}.] [OE. declinen to bend down, lower, sink, decline (a noun), F. d[ e]cliner to decline, refuse, fr. L. declinare to turn aside, inflect (a part of speech), avoid; de + clinare …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Decline — De*cline , v. t. 1. To bend downward; to bring down; to depress; to cause to bend, or fall. [1913 Webster] In melancholy deep, with head declined. Thomson. [1913 Webster] And now fair Phoebus gan decline in haste His weary wagon to the western… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 decline — vb Decline, refuse, reject, repudiate, spurn are comparable when they mean to turn away something or someone by not consenting to accept, receive, or consider it or him. Decline is the most courteous of these terms and is used chiefly in respect… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 decline — [n1] lessening abatement, backsliding, comedown, cropper*, decay, decrepitude, degeneracy, degeneration, descent, deterioration, devolution, diminution, dissolution, dive, downfall, downgrade, downturn, drop, dwindling, ebb, ebbing, enfeeblement …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 decline — [dē klīn′, diklīn′] vi. declined, declining [ME declinen < OFr decliner, to bend, turn aside < L declinare, to bend from, inflect < de , from (see DE ) + clinare, to bend: see LEAN1] 1. to bend, turn, or slope downward or aside 2. a) …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 decline — I noun abatement, act of crumbling, act of dwindling, act of falling away, act of lessening, act of losing ground, act of shrinking, act of slipping back, act of wasting away, act of weakening, act of worsening, atrophy, backward step, cheapening …

    Law dictionary

  • 9 décliné — ⇒DÉCLINÉ, ÉE, part. passé et adj. I. Part. passé de décliner1. II. Adj. Qui s écarte d une direction donnée. A. [En parlant d un astre] Qui retombe après avoir atteint son point culminant. Les feux des soleils déclinés (RÉGNIER, Prem. poèmes,… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 10 décliné — décliné, ée (dé kli né, née) part. passé. 1°   Fléchi suivant les règles de la déclinaison. Un mot décliné. 2°   Terme de procédure. Dont on n accepte pas la compétence. Cette juridiction déclinée par les parties.    Par extension, refusé. Une… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 11 decline — ► VERB 1) become smaller, weaker, or less in quality or quantity. 2) politely refuse. 3) (especially of the sun) move downwards. 4) Grammar form (a noun, pronoun, or adjective) according to case, number, and gender. ► NOUN ▪ a gradual and… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 12 decline — ▪ I. decline de‧cline 1 [dɪˈklaɪn] verb [intransitive] 1. COMMERCE if an industry or country declines, it becomes less profitable, productive, wealthy etc: • This type of business is a declining sector of the UK. 2 …

    Financial and business terms

  • 13 decline — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ catastrophic, considerable, dramatic, drastic, large, major, marked, massive, serious, severe …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 decline */*/*/ — I UK [dɪˈklaɪn] / US verb Word forms decline : present tense I/you/we/they decline he/she/it declines present participle declining past tense declined past participle declined 1) [intransitive] to become less or worse The number of people buying… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 decline — de|cline1 W2 [dıˈklaın] n [singular, U] a decrease in the quality, quantity, or importance of something decline in ▪ There has been a decline in the size of families. decline of ▪ the decline of manufacturing rapid/sharp/steep/dramatic decline ▪… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 decline — de|cline1 [ dı klaın ] verb *** 1. ) intransitive to become less or worse: The number of people buying their own homes has declined. In many cases living standards are declining. decline steadily/sharply/rapidly/dramatically: Stock prices… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 decline — 01. The [decline] in the New York stock market is due to the financial crisis in Asia. 02. The value of the yen on international markets has [declined] significantly over the past year. 03. He asked her to the dance, but she [declined] his… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 18 decline — [[t]dɪkla͟ɪn[/t]] ♦♦ declines, declining, declined 1) VERB If something declines, it becomes less in quantity, importance, or strength. [V from/to/by amount] The number of staff has declined from 217,000 to 114,000... [V amount] Hourly output by… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 decline — I n. 1) to go into, suffer a decline 2) a gradual; sharp; steady; steep decline 3) a decline in (a decline in trade) 4) on the decline II v. (E) she declined to address the delegates * * * [dɪ klaɪn] sharp steady …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 20 decline — 1 noun (singular, uncountable) a gradual decrease in the quality, quantity, or importance of something (+ in): a sharp decline in profits | economic/moral etc decline: Economic decline is often tangled up with political turmoil. | fall/go into… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English