decline


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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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It was quite a wilderness, and there were old melon-frames and cucumber-frames in it, which seemed in their decline to have produced a spontaneous growth of weak attempts at pieces of old hats and boots, with now and then a weedy offshoot into the likeness of a battered saucepan.
Lammeter he should be thrown into the embarrassment of being obliged absolutely to decline her when she seemed to be within his reach.
This Eevning from the Sun's decline arriv'd Who tells of som infernal Spirit seen Hitherward bent (who could have thought?
True, Reverend Sir Knight,'' answered the Palmer, to whom the appearance of the Templar seemed perfectly familiar; ``but when those who are under oath to recover the holy city, are found travelling at such a distance from the scene of their duties, can you wonder that a peaceful peasant like me should decline the task which they have abandoned?
He was only once crossed, and that was towards the end, when my poor father was far gone in a decline that took him off.
These false informations, which I afterwards came to the knowledge of by an accident not proper to mention, made the treasurer show his lady for some time an ill countenance, and me a worse; and although he was at last undeceived and reconciled to her, yet I lost all credit with him, and found my interest decline very fast with the emperor himself, who was, indeed, too much governed by that favourite.
And if the first disaster to the Roman Empire[*] should be examined, it will be found to have commenced only with the enlisting of the Goths; because from that time the vigour of the Roman Empire began to decline, and all that valour which had raised it passed away to others.
We may well quote on this day the words written of Nelson, in the decline of a well-spent life, by Sir T.
I looked upon him as the sort of person to be made a fuss with, and to make a fuss himself in any trifling disorder, and was chiefly concerned for those who had to nurse him; but now it is confidently asserted that he is really in a decline, that the symptoms are most alarming, and that part of the family, at least, are aware of it.
Navigation was always a difficult art, Though with only one ship and one bell: And he feared he must really decline, for his part, Undertaking another as well.
Anne was still in the lane; and though instinctively beginning to decline, she was not allowed to proceed.
All wise men, to decline the envy of their own virtues, use to ascribe them to Providence and Fortune; for so they may the better assume them: and, besides, it is greatness in a man, to be the care of the higher powers.