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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
decline (verb)
intransitive verb
1.
archaic to turn from a straight course - stray
2.
a) to slope downward - descend
b) to bend down - droop
c) to stoop to what is unworthy
3.
a) of a celestial body to sink toward setting
b) to draw toward a close - wane the day declined
4.
to tend toward an inferior state or weaker condition - his health declined morale declined
5.
to withhold consent
6.
transitive verb
to become less in amount - prices declined
1.
to give in prescribed order the grammatical forms of (a noun, pronoun, or adjective)
2.
obsolete
a) - avert
b) - avoid
3.
to cause to bend or bow downward
4.
a) to refuse to undertake, undergo, engage in, or comply with - decline battle
b) to refuse especially courteously - decline an invitation
decline (noun)
1.
the process of - declining
a) a gradual physical or mental sinking and wasting away
b) a change to a lower state or level - the decline of the aristocracy
2.
the period during which something is deteriorating or approaching its end - an empire in decline
3.
a downward slope
4.
a wasting disease , especially pulmonary tuberculosis deterioration
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
decline (noun)
1.
a gradual sinking and wasting away of mind or body
SYNONIMS:
debilitation, decay, decaying, declension, degeneration, descent, deterioration, ebbing, enfeeblement, weakening
RELATED WORDS:
atrophy; exhaustion; drooping, flagging, limping; regression, relapse, setback
NEAR ANTONYMS:
invigoration, strengthening; progress; rejuvenation, rejuvenescence
comeback, improvement, rally, recovery, recuperation, rehabilitation, revitalization, snapback
decline (noun)
2.
a change to a lower state or level
SYNONIMS:
decadence, declension, declination, degeneracy, degeneration, degradation, dégringolade, descent, deterioration, devolution, downfall, downgrade, ebb, eclipse, fall
RELATED WORDS:
dark age, nadir, sunset; decay, rotting, spoiling; breakup, crumbling, decomposition, disintegration, dissolution; abasement, debasement; depreciation, lessening; decimation, demolishment, demolition, desolation, destruction, havoc, ruin, ruination; abatement, decrease, decrement, de-escalation, deflation, diminishment, diminution, dip, downslide, downtrend, downturn, drop, drop-off, falloff, loss, lowering, reduction, sag, shrinkage, slip, slump
NEAR ANTONYMS:
advancement, development, evolution, growth; blossoming, flourishing, flowering; renewal, restoration, revitalization; heightening; accretion, accrual, addendum, addition, augmentation, boost, enhancement, gain, increase, increment, raise, supplement
ascent, rise, upswing
decline (noun)
3.
a downward slope
SYNONIMS:
declension, declivity, descent, dip, downgrade, downhill, fall, hang, hanging
RELATED WORDS:
basin, depression, hollow
NEAR ANTONYMS:
glacis, grade, gradient, hill, inclination, incline, lean, pitch, rake, tilt
acclivity, ascent, rise, upgrade, uphill, uprise
decline (noun)
4.
a loss of status
SYNONIMS:
decline, dégringolade, demise, descent, down, downfall, fall, flameout, Götterdämmerung
RELATED WORDS:
breakdown, burnout, collapse, crash, meltdown, ruin, undoing; defeat, disappointment, reversal, setback; bottom, nadir; abasement, disgrace, humiliation
NEAR ANTONYMS:
advance, headway, progress; flower, heyday, prime
aggrandizement, ascent, exaltation, rise, up
decline (noun)
5.
the amount by which something is lessened
SYNONIMS:
abatement, decline, decrement, dent, depletion, depression, diminishment, diminution, drop, drop-off, fall, falloff, loss, reduction, shrinkage, step-down
RELATED WORDS:
deduction, subtraction; downturn, slip, slump; curtailment, cut, cutback, retrenchment, shortening
NEAR ANTONYMS:
accretion, accrual, accumulation, addition, supplement; continuation, extension; upswing, uptrend, upturn
boost, enlargement, gain, increase, increment, raise, rise, step-up, uptick
decline (verb)
1.
to show unwillingness to accept, do, engage in, or agree to
SYNONIMS:
balk (at), deselect, disapprove, negative, nix, pass, pass up, refuse, reject, reprobate, repudiate, spurn, throw out, throw over, turn down
RELATED WORDS:
blow off, disdain, rebuff, scorn, scout, shoot down; overrule, veto; forbid, prohibit, proscribe; dismiss, ignore; abstain (from), forbear, refrain (from); deny, disavow, disclaim, dispute, gainsay; stick; abjure, forswear ( foreswear), recant, renounce, retract, take back, unsay, withdraw; avoid, bypass, detour; contradict, deny, disown, negate; controvert, disagree (with), disprove, dispute, rebut, refute; back down, back off, backtrack; disallow, recall, renege, revoke
turn one's back on
NEAR ANTONYMS:
condone, countenance, swallow, tolerate; adopt, embrace, receive, take, welcome; accede, acquiesce, agree, assent, consent; choose, handpick, select; espouse, support
accept, agree (to), approve
decline (verb)
2.
to be unwilling to grant
SYNONIMS:
decline, disallow, disapprove, negative, nix, refuse, reject, reprobate, withhold
RELATED WORDS:
ban, enjoin, forbid, prohibit, proscribe, veto; rebuff, repel, spurn; check, constrain, curb, hold, keep, repress, restrain, restrict; balk (at), hinder, impede, obstruct
NEAR ANTONYMS:
afford, furnish, give, provide, supply; authorize, commission, license ( licence); accede (to), acquiesce, agree (to), assent (to), consent (to), warrant; accord, sanction, vouchsafe
allow, concede, grant, let, OK ( okay), permit
decline (verb)
3.
to go to a lower level especially abruptly
SYNONIMS:
crash, crater, decline, descend, dip, dive, fall, lower, nose-dive, plummet, plunge, sink, skid, tumble
RELATED WORDS:
abate, decrease, de-escalate, die (down), diminish, droop, dwindle, ebb, lessen, let up, moderate, subside, taper off, wane; recede, retreat
NEAR ANTONYMS:
accumulate, balloon, build, burgeon ( bourgeon), enlarge, escalate, expand, grow, increase, intensify, mushroom, pick up, snowball, swell, wax
arise, ascend, lift, mount, rise, soar, spike, up
decline (verb)
4.
to become worse or of less value
SYNONIMS:
atrophy, crumble, decay, decline, degenerate, descend, devolve, ebb, regress, retrograde, rot, sink, worsen
RELATED WORDS:
abate, de-escalate, diminish, downsize, dwindle, recede, wane; break down, corrupt, decompose, degrade, dilapidate, disintegrate, molder, putrefy; sour, spoil; lessen, lower, reduce; debilitate, undermine; droop, fail, fall, flag, lag, languish, run down, sag, slip, waste (away), weaken, wilt
NEAR ANTONYMS:
better, upgrade; enhance, enrich, fortify, heighten, intensify, strengthen; advance, develop, march, proceed, progress
ameliorate, improve, meliorate
decline (verb)
5.
to grow less in scope or intensity especially gradually
SYNONIMS:
abate, decline, de-escalate, die (away down out), diminish, drain (away), drop (off), dwindle, ease, ebb, fall, fall away, lessen, let up, lower, moderate, pall, phase down, ratchet (down) rachet (down), recede, relent, remit, shrink, subside, taper, taper off, wane
RELATED WORDS:
compress, condense, constrict, contract; evaporate, fade (away), fritter (away), give out, melt (away), peter (out), tail (off), vanish; slacken, slow (down); alleviate, relax; flag, sink, weaken; cave (in), collapse, deflate
NEAR ANTONYMS:
appear, emerge, show up; blow up, distend, elongate, lengthen
accumulate, balloon, build, burgeon ( bourgeon), enlarge, escalate, expand, grow, increase, intensify, mount, mushroom, pick up, rise, snowball, soar, swell, wax
decline (verb)
6.
to lead or extend downward
SYNONIMS:
decline, dip, drop, fall, plunge, sink
RELATED WORDS:
angle, cant, cock, heel, incline, lean, list, recline, slant, slope, tilt, tip
NEAR ANTONYMS:
even, flatten, level, plane, smooth, straighten
arise, ascend, climb, mount, rise, uprise, upsweep, upturn
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