Meaning of DECLINE in English

DECLINE

I.

noun

ADJECTIVE

▪ catastrophic , considerable , dramatic , drastic , large , major , marked , massive , serious , severe , significant , substantial

▪ precipitous , sharp , steep

▪ rapid , sudden

▪ gentle , modest , slight

▪ gradual , slow

▪ continuing , progressive , steady , sustained

a steady ~ in manufacturing

▪ general , long-term , overall

▪ absolute , inevitable , inexorable , irreversible , terminal

an industry in terminal ~

▪ economic , industrial , moral , political , urban

the moral ~ of the nation

▪ mental , physical

▪ population , price

▪ national

▪ seasonal

▪ age-related

VERB + DECLINE

▪ experience , fall into , go into , suffer

The cloth trade went into gradual ~.

▪ cause , lead to

The increased price of gold led to the ~ of his business.

▪ arrest , halt , stem , stop

We must halt this ~ in standards.

▪ slow

▪ prevent

▪ reverse

▪ offset

▪ accelerate , hasten

▪ see , witness

We have seen a sharp ~ in educational standards over recent years.

▪ lament

They lament the ~ of old-fashioned communities.

DECLINE + VERB

▪ occur

Most of the ~ occurred in the 1990s.

▪ begin

PREPOSITION

▪ in ~

The industry is still in ~.

▪ on the ~

His career has been on the ~ for some years now.

▪ ~ in

a steep ~ in sales

▪ ~ of

the ~ of small farming communities

PHRASES

▪ the ~ and fall of sth

the ~ and fall of a great civilization

II.

verb

1 become smaller/weaker

ADVERB

▪ considerably , dramatically , drastically , markedly , sharply , significantly , steeply , substantially

The economy has ~d sharply in recent years.

▪ somewhat

▪ a little , slightly , etc.

▪ fast , quickly , rapidly

The market for these products is declining fast.

▪ steadily

▪ gradually , slowly

▪ further

PREPOSITION

▪ by

Profits ~d by 6% this year.

▪ from , to

The number of full-time staff has ~d from 300 to just 50.

PHRASES

▪ ~ in importance, numbers, size, etc.

This section of the market has slowly ~d in importance.

2 refuse

ADVERB

▪ politely , respectfully

Decline is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑ asset , ↑ attendance , ↑ catch , ↑ confidence , ↑ consumption , ↑ demand , ↑ density , ↑ economy , ↑ employment , ↑ enrolment , ↑ fortune , ↑ income , ↑ index , ↑ industry , ↑ inequality , ↑ investment , ↑ market , ↑ morale , ↑ number , ↑ percentage , ↑ popularity , ↑ population , ↑ productivity , ↑ profit , ↑ proportion , ↑ rate , ↑ receipt , ↑ return , ↑ sale , ↑ size , ↑ standing , ↑ stock , ↑ strength , ↑ tourism , ↑ trade , ↑ unemployment , ↑ value , ↑ yield

Decline is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ comment , ↑ invitation , ↑ noun , ↑ offer , ↑ participation , ↑ per cent , ↑ point , ↑ request

Oxford Collocations English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь словосочетаний .