(noun, verb)


1. change toward something smaller or lower

Similar word(s): diminution

Definition categories: process, decrease, decrement

2. a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state

Similar word(s): declination

Definition categories: state, condition, status

3. a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current

Similar word(s): decay

Definition categories: process, decrease, decrement

4. a downward slope or bend

Similar word(s): declension, declination, declivity, descent, downslope, fall

Definition categories: object, incline, side, slope


1. grow worse

Similar word(s): worsen

Definition categories: change, turn

2. refuse to accept

Similar word(s): refuse, reject

Definition categories: possession

3. show unwillingness towards

- he declined to join the group on a hike

Similar word(s): refuse

Definition categories: communication, react, respond

4. grow smaller

Similar word(s): wane

Definition categories: change, decrease, diminish, fall, lessen

5. go down

- The roof declines here

Definition categories: motion, drop

6. go down in value

Similar word(s): correct, slump

Definition categories: motion, descend, fall

7. inflect for number, gender, case, etc.

- in many languages, speakers decline nouns, pronouns, and adjectives

Definition categories: communication, inflect

Sentences with decline as a verb:

- The dollar has declined rapidly since 2001.

- My health declined in winter.

- a line that declines from straightness

- conduct that declines from sound morals

- On reflection I think I will decline your generous offer.