Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “decline”

See all translations

decline

verb uk   /dɪˈklaɪn/ us  

decline verb (GO DOWN)

B2 [I] to gradually become less, worse, or lower: His interest in the project declined after his wife died. The party's popularity has declined in the opinion polls. formal The land declines sharply away from the house.
More examples

decline verb (REFUSE)

B2 [I or T] formal to refuse: I invited him to the meeting but he declined. He declined my offer. [+ to infinitive] They declined to tell me how they had obtained my address.
More examples

decline verb (GRAMMAR)

[I or T] specialized language If a noun, pronoun, or adjective declines, it has different forms to show if it is the subject or object, etc. of a verb or if it is singular or plural, etc. If you decline such a word, you list its various forms: In Latin we learned how to decline nouns.

decline

noun [S or U] uk   /dɪˈklaɪn/ us  
B2 when something becomes less in amount, importance, quality, or strength: industrial decline Home cooking seems to be on the/in decline (= not so many people are doing it). a decline in the number of unemployed She seemed to be recovering and then she went into a decline.
More examples
(Definition of decline from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of decline?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “decline” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

lamb

a young sheep, or the flesh of a young sheep eaten as meat

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More