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decline

noun abatement, act of crumbling, act of dwindling, act of falling away, act of lessening, act of losing ground, act of shrinking, act of slipping back, act of wasting away, act of weakening, act of worsening, atrophy, backkard step, cheapening, collapse, consumption, contraction, corrosion, corruption, decadency, decay, decrease, decrepitude, decurrence, deflation, degeneracy, degeneration, deminutio, depreciation, descent, deterioration, devaluation, dilapidation, diminishing, dissolution, downfall, downgrade, downhill, downtrend, downturn, downward inclination, downward incline, downward trend, drop, ebb, enfeeblement, erosion, failing, fall, falling away, falling-off, gradual crumbling, graddal impairment, lessening, loss, loss of value, lowering, marcescence, pejoration, period of decrease, plunge, recession, regress, regression, relapse, retreat, retroaction, retrogradation, retrogression, reversion, ruin, shrinkage, sinkage, sinking, slump, subsidence, wane
Associated concepts: spoilage, waste

decline

(Fall), verb come down, decay, degenerate, deteriorate, drop, drop in strength, ebb, fall, lapse, stoop, trend downward, wane, wither
Associated concepts: decline in price

decline

(Reject), verb abnegate, abstain, eschew, exxuse oneself, hold back, rebuff, recusare, refuse, refuse to accept, renounce, renueve, repel, repudiate, resist, spurn, turn away, turn down, veto
Associated concepts: decline an appointment, decline to accept an offer
See also: abate, abatement, avoid, caducity, curtailment, damage, decay, decrease, deduction, degenerate, degradation, depreciate, depress, depression, deteriorate, diminution, disavow, disdain, dismiss, disoblige, dissent, ebb, end, evade, expense, expiration, fail, forbear, forgo, forswear, languish, lapse, lessen, lose, loss, rebuff, refrain, refuse, reject, relapse, renounce, repudiate, sacrifice, spurn, subside, termination
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8 percent, to 94,635 offenses, but the rate of rape declined 0.
5 percent per unit, townhouse assessments declined 3.
However, these increases are the result of the rise in adult education since the number of high school graduates had declined for the same period.
x] and VOC emissions likely declined, respectively, at least 25 and 50%--declines overlooked by Knowlton et al.
Since 1993, incidence rates for breast cancer have stabilized and death rates have declined steadily since 1990.
The proportion rose by more than 20 percentage points for the composite occupation, but actually declined slightly for teachers.
The output of information processing equipment, which includes computers, also fell again; it has declined more than 4 percent since May and about 8 percent since the end of 2000.
2% in the period 1998-1999, but global NR stocks declined by 11% from its historic high in 1999.
Ductile iron casting shipments declined from a high of 133,000 tons in '98 to 100,000 in '99, and are expected to drop further to 97,000 tons this year.
Beverly Enterprises declined 16 percent, while Integrated Health Services was flat.
Individual species and places vary, but "at a global scale, amphibians have declined over the past several decades," Houlahan and four coauthors announce in the April 13 NATURE.
Once foreign investors realized the scope of overbuilding, the flow of new foreign money to Southeast Asia and Korea declined sharply, and Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Korea were no longer able to finance their trade deficits.