AskDefine | Define decline

Dictionary Definition

decline

Noun

1 change toward something smaller or lower [syn: diminution]
2 a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state [syn: declination] [ant: improvement]
3 a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current [syn: decay]
4 a downward slope or bend [syn: descent, declivity, fall, declination, declension, downslope] [ant: ascent]

Verb

1 grow worse; "Conditions in the slum worsened" [syn: worsen] [ant: better]
2 refuse to accept; "He refused my offer of hospitality" [syn: refuse, reject, pass up, turn down] [ant: accept]
3 show unwillingness towards; "he declined to join the group on a hike" [syn: refuse] [ant: accept]
4 grow smaller; "Interest in the project waned" [syn: go down, wane]
5 go down; "The roof declines here"
6 go down in value; "the stock market corrected"; "prices slumped" [syn: slump, correct]
7 inflect for number, gender, case, etc., "in many languages, speakers decline nouns, pronouns, and adjectives"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • a US /dəˈklɑɪn/

Noun

  1. Downward movement, fall.
  2. A sloping downward, e.g. of a hill or road.
  3. A weakening.

Antonyms

Translations

downward movement, fall
  • Dutch: terugval, achteruitgang, verval, afname
  • Finnish: lasku, pudotus
  • German: Sinken , Fall
  • Hebrew:
sloping downward
weakening

Verb

  1. To move downwards, to fall, to drop.
    The dollar has declined rapidly since 2001.
  2. To become weaker or worse.
    My health declined in winter.
  3. In the context of "transitive|grammar": To list the inflected forms of a noun, pronoun (and in some languages adjective) for case and number.
  4. To refuse.
    On reflection I think I will decline your generous offer.

Derived terms

Translations

move downwards
  • Dutch: afnemen, terugvallen, achteruitgaan, vervallen
  • Finnish: laskea, pudota
  • German: sinken, fallen
  • Hebrew: ירד
  • Italian: declinare
  • Old English: dreosan
weaken
  • Dutch: afnemen, achteruitgaan, afzwakken, verzwakken
  • Finnish: heikentyä, heiketä
  • German: abnehmen, zurückgehen
  • Hebrew: נחלש
inflect
  • Dutch: verbuigen
  • Finnish: taivuttaa
  • German: deklinieren
  • Hebrew: היטה
  • Italian: declinare
refuse
  • Dutch: afwijzen, weigeren
  • Finnish: kieltäytyä
  • French: refuser
  • German: ablehnen
  • Hebrew: דחה, סירב
  • Italian: declinare
  • Portuguese: recusar
  • Spanish: rechazar

Romanian

Verb

decline

Extensive Definition

Decline is a change over time from previously efficient to inefficient organizational functioning, from previously rational to non-rational organizational and individual decision-making, from previously law-abiding to law violating organizational and individual behavior, from previously virtuous to iniquitous individual moral behavior.
Social decline or moral decline is typically characterised as reduced adherence to cultural or social norms or values and widespread lapses in ethical behavior.
Entities and organizations may enter a state of decline if they fail to respond effectively to changes, which may be the result of:
  • inability to recognize change in the organizational environment
  • insufficient resources to respond to change in the organizational environment
  • refusal to respond to change in the organizational environment because organizational leaders benefit from organizational decline

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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