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decline

verb  us   /dɪˈklɑɪn/

decline verb (GO DOWN)

[I] to go down in amount or quality; lessen or weaken: His interest in the project declined after his wife died. Her health declined quickly.

decline verb (REFUSE)

[I/T] to refuse something: [T] She declined their job offer.

decline

noun [C/U]  us   /dɪˈklɑɪn/

decline noun [C/U] (GOING DOWN)

a change to a lower amount; the process of becoming less in quality or strength: [C usually sing] Unemployment increased this month after a modest decline. [U] Civilization is in decline.
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