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decline

 
Noun decline has 4 senses
  1. decline, diminution - change toward something smaller or lower
    --1 is a kind of decrease, decrement
    --1 has particulars:
     deterioration, decline in quality, declension, worsening; ebb, ebbing, wane; erosion; loss; sinking spell; slippage
    Derived form: verb decline4
  2. decline, declination - a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state
    --2 is a kind of condition, status
    Antonyms: improvement, melioration
    --2 has particulars: neglect, disuse; twilight; wreck
    Derived form: verb decline1
  3. decay, decline - a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current
    --3 is a kind of decrease, decrement
    --3 has particulars: exponential decay, exponential return
  4. descent, declivity, fall, decline, declination, declension, downslope - a downward slope or bend
    --4 is a kind of slope, incline, side
    --4 has particulars: downhill; steep
    Derived form: verb decline5
Verb decline has 7 senses
  1. worsen, decline - grow worse; "Conditions in the slum worsened"
    --1 is one way to change state, turn
    Derived forms: noun decline2, noun declension2, noun declination1
    Sample sentences:
    The stock market is going to decline
    The business is going to decline
  2. refuse, reject, pass up, turn down, decline - refuse to accept; "He refused my offer of hospitality"
    Derived form: noun declination4
    Sample sentence:
    They decline the money
  3. refuse, decline - show unwillingness towards; "he declined to join the group on a hike"
    --3 is one way to react, respond
    Sample sentence:
    They decline to move
  4. decline, go down, wane - grow smaller; "Interest in the project waned"
    --4 is one way to decrease, diminish, lessen, fall
    Derived form: noun decline1
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s
  5. decline - go down; "The roof declines here"
    --5 is one way to
    drop
    Derived forms: noun decline4, noun declension3, noun declination3
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s
    Something is ----ing PP
  6. decline, slump, correct - go down in value; "the stock market corrected"; "prices slumped"
    --6 is one way to descend, fall, go down, come down
    Sample sentence:
    Something ----s
  7. decline - inflect for number, gender, case, etc., "in many languages, speakers decline nouns, pronouns, and adjectives"
    --7 is one way to
    inflect
    Derived forms: noun declension1, noun declension4
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
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