Meaning of DECLINE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ dɪklaɪn ]

( declines, declining, declined)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


If something declines , it becomes less in quantity, importance, or strength.

The number of staff has declined from 217,000 to 114,000...

Hourly output by workers declined 1.3% in the first quarter...

Union membership and union power are declining fast.

...a declining birth rate.

VERB : V from/to/by amount , V amount , V , V-ing


If you decline something or decline to do something, you politely refuse to accept it or do it. ( FORMAL )

He declined their invitation...

The band declined to comment on the story...

He offered the boys some coffee. They declined politely.

VERB : V n , V to-inf , V


If there is a decline in something, it becomes less in quantity, importance, or quality.

There wasn’t such a big decline in enrollments after all...

The first signs of economic decline became visible.

N-VAR : oft N with poss , N in n


If something is in decline or on the decline , it is gradually decreasing in importance, quality, or power.

Thankfully the smoking of cigarettes is on the decline...

PHRASE : v-link PHR


If something goes or falls into decline , it begins to gradually decrease in importance, quality, or power.

Libraries are an investment for the future and they should not be allowed to fall into decline.


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