Associations to the word «Decline»

Pictures for the word «Decline»

Wiktionary

DECLINE, noun. Downward movement, fall.
DECLINE, noun. A sloping downward, e.g. of a hill or road.
DECLINE, noun. ​A weakening.
DECLINE, noun. A reduction or diminution of activity.
DECLINE, verb. (intransitive) To move downwards, to fall, to drop.
DECLINE, verb. (intransitive) To become weaker or worse.
DECLINE, verb. (transitive) To bend downward; to bring down; to depress; to cause to bend, or fall.
DECLINE, verb. (transitive) To cause to decrease or diminish.
DECLINE, verb. To turn or bend aside; to deviate; to stray; to withdraw.
DECLINE, verb. (transitive) To refuse, forbear.
DECLINE, verb. (transitive) (grammar) (usually of substantives, adjectives and pronouns) To inflect for case, number and sometimes gender.
DECLINE, verb. (by extension) To run through from first to last; to repeat like a schoolboy declining a noun.
DECLINE, verb. (American football) To reject a penalty against the opposing team, usually because the result of accepting it would benefit the non-penalized team less than the preceding play.

Dictionary definition

DECLINE, noun. Change toward something smaller or lower.
DECLINE, noun. A condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state.
DECLINE, noun. A gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current.
DECLINE, noun. A downward slope or bend.
DECLINE, verb. Grow worse; "Conditions in the slum worsened".
DECLINE, verb. Refuse to accept; "He refused my offer of hospitality".
DECLINE, verb. Show unwillingness towards; "he declined to join the group on a hike".
DECLINE, verb. Grow smaller; "Interest in the project waned".
DECLINE, verb. Go down; "The roof declines here".
DECLINE, verb. Go down in value; "the stock market corrected"; "prices slumped".
DECLINE, verb. Inflect for number, gender, case, etc., "in many languages, speakers decline nouns, pronouns, and adjectives".

Wise words

A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and time in which it is used.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.