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Meaning of DECLINE

Pronunciation:  di`klIn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a downward slope or bend
  2. [n]  a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current
  3. [n]  change toward something smaller or lower
  4. [n]  a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state
  5. [v]  grow worse; "Conditions in the slum worsened"
  6. [v]  grow smaller; "Interest in the project waned"
  7. [v]  show unwillingness towards
  8. [v]  of nouns, pronouns, and adjectives
  9. [v]  go down
  10. [v]  refuse to accept; "He refused my offer of hospitality"

DECLINE is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: decay, declension, declination, declination, declivity, descent, diminution, downslope, fall, go down, pass up, refuse, refuse, reject, turn down, wane, worsen
 Antonyms: accept, accept, acclivity, ameliorate, ascent, better, climb, consent, go for, have, improve, improvement, meliorate, melioration, raise, rise, take, upgrade
 See Also: bounce, change state, come down, condition, contract out, declension, decline in quality, decrease, decrease, decrement, degenerate, deprive, deteriorate, deterioration, diminish, dip, dip, disdain, dishonor, dishonour, disobey, disuse, downhill, drop, drop, drop away, drop off, drop-off, ebb, ebbing, exponential decay, exponential return, fail, fall, fall away, falling off, falloff, freeze off, impoverish, incline, inflame, inflect, lessen, lose, loss, neglect, pooh-pooh, regress, regret, reject, repudiate, retrograde, retrogress, scorn, sicken, side, sink, sinking spell, slack, slip, slippage, slope, slump, spurn, status, steep, suffer, tumble, turn, turn down, turn down, twilight, wane, wear on, worsening, wreck



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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 to incline; akin to E. lean. See {Lean}, v. i.]
    1. To bend, or lean downward; to take a downward direction;
       to bend over or hang down, as from weakness, weariness,
       despondency, etc.; to condescend. ``With declining head.''
             He . . . would decline even to the lowest of his
             family.                               --Lady
             Disdaining to decline, Slowly he falls, amidst
             triumphant cries.                     --Byron.
             The ground at length became broken and declined
             rapidly.                              --Sir W.
    2. To tend or draw towards a close, decay, or extinction; to
       tend to a less perfect state; to become diminished or
       impaired; to fail; to sink; to diminish; to lessen; as,
       the day declines; virtue declines; religion declines;
       business declines.
             That empire must decline Whose chief support and
             sinews are of coin.                   --Waller.
             And presume to know . . . Who thrives, and who
             declines.                             --Shak.
    3. To turn or bend aside; to deviate; to stray; to withdraw;
       as, a line that declines from straightness; conduct that
       declines from sound morals.
             Yet do I not decline from thy testimonies. --Ps.
                                                   cxix. 157.
    4. To turn away; to shun; to refuse; -- the opposite of
       accept or consent; as, he declined, upon principle.
  2. \De*cline"\, v. t.
    1. To bend downward; to bring down; to depress; to cause to
       bend, or fall.
             In melancholy deep, with head declined. --Thomson.
             And now fair Phoebus gan decline in haste His weary
             wagon to the western vale.            --Spenser.
    2. To cause to decrease or diminish. [Obs.] ``You have
       declined his means.'' --Beau. & Fl.
             He knoweth his error, but will not seek to decline
             it.                                   --Burton.
    3. To put or turn aside; to turn off or away from; to refuse
       to undertake or comply with; reject; to shun; to avoid;
       as, to decline an offer; to decline a contest; he declined
       any participation with them.
             Could I Decline this dreadful hour?   --Massinger.
    4. (Gram.) To inflect, or rehearse in order the changes of
       grammatical form of; as, to decline a noun or an
    Note: Now restricted to such words as have case inflections;
          but formerly it was applied both to declension and
                After the first declining of a noun and a verb.
    5. To run through from first to last; to repeat like a
       schoolboy declining a noun. [R.] --Shak.
  3. \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 decline of strength; the decline of
       virtue and religion.
             Their fathers lived in the decline of literature.
    2. (Med.) That period of a disorder or paroxysm when the
       symptoms begin to abate in violence; as, the decline of a
    3. A gradual sinking and wasting away of the physical
       faculties; any wasting disease, esp. pulmonary
       consumption; as, to die of a decline. --Dunglison.
    Syn: {Decline}, {Decay}, {Consumption}.
    Usage: Decline marks the first stage in a downward progress;
           decay indicates the second stage, and denotes a
           tendency to ultimate destruction; consumption marks a
           steady decay from an internal exhaustion of strength.
           The health may experience a decline from various
           causes at any period of life; it is naturally subject
           to decay with the advance of old age; consumption may
           take place at almost any period of life, from disease
           which wears out the constitution. In popular language
           decline is often used as synonymous with consumption.
           By a gradual decline, states and communities lose
           their strength and vigor; by progressive decay, they
           are stripped of their honor, stability, and greatness;
           by a consumption of their resources and vital energy,
           they are led rapidly on to a completion of their
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