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1. decline

verb. ['dɪˈklaɪn'] show unwillingness towards.

Synonyms

  • contract out
  • disobey
  • repudiate
  • scorn
  • spurn
  • disdain
  • turn down
  • refuse
  • freeze off
  • regret
  • reject
  • react
  • pooh-pooh

Antonyms

  • contract in
  • accept
  • progressive
  • anterograde

Etymology

  • declinen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • decliner (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Rhymes with Decline

  • disincline
  • bodenstein
  • recombine
  • missildine
  • macalpine
  • intertwine
  • bornstein
  • barentine
  • sharp-sign
  • sharp-sign

  • redesign
  • redefine
  • leontine
  • vanduyne
  • vanduyn
  • vandine
  • recline
  • reassign
  • realign
  • incline
  • hot-line
  • gourdine
  • entwine
  • enshrine
  • consign
  • confine
  • combine
  • supine
  • strine
  • resign

How do you pronounce decline?

Pronounce decline as dɪˈklaɪn.

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Sentences with decline


1. Verb, base form
The seller can either accept the offer or decline it and come back with a counter offer.

2. Noun, singular or mass
While this decline begins in your 30s, it speeds up the older you get.

3. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Eventually, sales decline as consumer tastes change or the product becomes obsolete.

Quotes about decline


1. Does art have a future? Performance genres like opera, theater, music and dance are thriving all over the world, but the visual arts have been in slow decline for nearly 40 years. No major figure of profound influence has emerged in painting or sculpture since the waning of Pop Art and the birth of Minimalism in the early 1970s.
- Camille Paglia

2. Societies in decline have no use for visionaries.
- Anaïs Nin

3. Lonely people tend, rather, to be lonely because they decline to bear the psychic costs of being around other humans. They are allergic to people. People affect them too strongly.
- David Foster Wallace, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments

2. decline

noun. ['dɪˈklaɪn'] change toward something smaller or lower.

Synonyms

  • deterioration
  • loss
  • nosedive
  • ebb
  • slippage
  • wane
  • detumescence
  • ebbing
  • erosion
  • worsening
  • decrease
  • decrement
  • sinking spell
  • diminution
  • declension

Antonyms

  • increase
  • pull
  • win
  • keep

Etymology

  • declinen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • decliner (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

3. decline

verb. ['dɪˈklaɪn'] grow worse.

Synonyms

  • slip
  • impoverish
  • inflame
  • deteriorate
  • tumble
  • lose
  • come down
  • drop off
  • devolve
  • retrograde
  • change state
  • regress
  • fall away
  • drop away
  • degenerate
  • fail
  • suffer
  • deprive
  • turn down
  • worsen
  • turn
  • sicken
  • drop

Antonyms

  • enrich
  • progress
  • better
  • float

Etymology

  • declinen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • decliner (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

4. decline

verb. ['dɪˈklaɪn'] refuse to accept.

Synonyms

  • scorn
  • turn down
  • bounce
  • dishonor
  • refuse
  • spurn
  • disdain
  • pass up
  • freeze off
  • reject
  • pooh-pooh

Antonyms

  • accept
  • cool
  • curdle
  • get well

Etymology

  • declinen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • decliner (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

5. decline

noun. ['dɪˈklaɪn'] a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state.

Synonyms

  • twilight
  • neglect
  • condition
  • wreck
  • disuse
  • status

Antonyms

  • find
  • break even
  • profit
  • stay in place

Etymology

  • declinen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • decliner (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

6. decline

verb. ['dɪˈklaɪn'] grow smaller.

Synonyms

  • wane
  • go down
  • decrease
  • wear on
  • lessen
  • fall
  • dip
  • drop

Antonyms

  • praise
  • wake up
  • advance
  • forward

Etymology

  • declinen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • decliner (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

7. decline

noun. ['dɪˈklaɪn'] a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current.

Synonyms

  • decrease
  • exponential return
  • decrement
  • exponential decay

Antonyms

  • increase
  • roughness
  • stand still
  • extinguish

Etymology

  • declinen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • decliner (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

8. decline

verb. ['dɪˈklaɪn'] go down.

Synonyms

  • sink
  • dip

Antonyms

  • nitrify
  • die
  • demulsify

Etymology

  • declinen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • decliner (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

9. decline

verb. ['dɪˈklaɪn'] go down in value.

Synonyms

  • descend
  • go down
  • come down
  • fall
  • correct

Antonyms

  • rise
  • tense
  • boil
  • open

Etymology

  • declinen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • decliner (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

10. decline

noun. ['dɪˈklaɪn'] a downward slope or bend.

Synonyms

  • slope
  • steep
  • descent
  • downslope
  • side
  • downhill
  • incline
  • fall
  • declivity
  • declension

Antonyms

  • gain
  • natural object
  • overgarment
  • remember

Etymology

  • declinen (Middle English (1100-1500))
  • decliner (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
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