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English definition of “decline”

decline

verb [I]     /dɪˈklaɪn/
to become less, worse , or lower in value : Milk production could decline by 15% or more in the late summer months . declining prices / profits / sales / interest rates Even though interest rates could decline further , they are now near their lowest point . decline sharply / rapidly / dramatically decline gradually / steadily / slowly Among economists , the widespread view is that the dollar will keep declining.
to make less profit , or produce less: a declining economy/industry/market The plan will reduce profits for the declining commercial fishing industry .
(Definition of decline verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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