- past participle
- present participle
decline, diminution (noun)
change toward something smaller or lower
decline, declination (noun)
a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state
decay, decline (noun)
a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current
descent, declivity, fall, decline, declination, declension, downslope (verb)
a downward slope or bend
worsen, decline (verb)
"Conditions in the slum worsened"
refuse, reject, pass up, turn down, decline (verb)
refuse to accept
"He refused my offer of hospitality"
refuse, decline (verb)
show unwillingness towards
"he declined to join the group on a hike"
decline, go down, wane (verb)
"Interest in the project waned"
"The roof declines here"
decline, slump, correct (verb)
go down in value
"the stock market corrected"; "prices slumped"
inflect for number, gender, case, etc., "in many languages, speakers decline nouns, pronouns, and adjectives"
Downward movement, fall.
A sloping downward, e.g. of a hill or road.
A reduction or diminution of activity.
To move downwards, to fall, to drop.
To become weaker or worse.
To refuse, forbear.
To list the inflected forms of a noun, pronoun (and in some languages adjective) for case and number.
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 individual behavior, from previously virtuous to iniquitous individual moral behavior. Note: The word decline should not be confused with the word obsolete. Decline refers to the degenerating of something whereas obsolete refers to the outdating of something or that it is no longer in use. It is the process of declining, a gradual sinking and wasting away. Social decline or moral decline is typically characterised as reduced adherence to cultural or social norms or values and widespread lapses in ethical behavior.