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Definition of decline:

  1. A falling off; a tendency to a worse state; diminution or decay; deterioration; also, the period when a thing is tending toward extinction or a less perfect state; as, the decline of life; the decline of strength; the decline of virtue and religion.
  2. A gradual sinking and wasting away of the physical faculties; any wasting disease, esp. pulmonary consumption; as, to die of a decline.
  3. That period of a disorder or paroxysm when the symptoms begin to abate in violence; as, the decline of a fever.
  4. To bend downward; to bring down; to depress; to cause to bend, or fall.
  5. To bend, or lean downward; to take a downward direction; to bend over or hang down, as from weakness, weariness, despondency, etc.; to condescend.
  6. To cause to decrease or diminish.
  7. To inflect, or rehearse in order the changes of grammatical form of; as, to decline a noun or an adjective.
  8. To put or turn aside; to turn off or away from; to refuse to undertake or comply with; reject; to shun; to avoid; as, to decline an offer; to decline a contest; he declined any participation with them.
  9. To run through from first to last; to repeat like a schoolboy declining a noun.
  10. To tend or draw towards a close, decay, or extinction; to tend to a less perfect state; to become diminished or impaired; to fail; to sink; to diminish; to lessen; as, the day declines; virtue declines; religion declines; business declines.
  11. To turn away; to shun; to refuse; - the opposite of accept or consent; as, he declined, upon principle.
  12. To turn or bend aside; to deviate; to stray; to withdraw; as, a line that declines from straightness; conduct that declines from sound morals.

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even out, decadence, discipline, rise, parentage, sort out, rectify, strong, celestial latitude, eclipse, evenfall, conjugate, lour, declension, reduction, depletion, rule out, castigate, wane, blood line, slouch, chasten, redress, objurgate, cutback, bloodline, hanging, dip, dwindle, fall off, exasperate, exacerbate, debilitation, line of descent, shake your head, down, resist, enfeeblement, abatement, gloam, ebbing, loss, falloff, make up, dégringolade, step-down, decay, pass up, degeneracy, decomposition, downhill, demise, refuse, disintegration, waste, ancestry, filiation, disapprove, go under, decline in quality, diminishment, lessen, free fall, collocation, line, complementation, degradation, turn away, spill, right, surrender, nightfall, defy, even off, winnow out, dec, crash, reduce, pedigree, depression, declivity, cohesion, origin, blood, devolution, correct, downslope, twilight, slide down, autumn, concord, abate, extraction, weakening, agree with, aggravate, flameout, freeze off, Götterdämmerung, worsen, shrinkage, decaying, downfall, fizzle, fail, fall, turn down, crepuscule, worsening, mitigate, set, construction, gloaming, languish, dent, regrets, diminution, reject, counterbalance, nix, even up, spurn, capitulation, crepuscle, decrease, moderate, comparison, declination, subside, scorn, flag, dusk, pitch, go down, better, stock, drop-off, crater, compensate, accept, descent, chastise, radioactive decay, pin, retrograde, increase, weaken, pooh-pooh, decrement, lineage, eliminate, adjust, collocate, diminish, cut, hang, stemma.

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