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English definition of “decline”

decline

noun [S or U]     /dɪˈklaɪn/
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.Becoming and making less strongBecoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong
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