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English definition of “decline”

decline

noun [C or U]     /dɪˈklaɪn/
a reduction in the value or amount of something, for example a currency or sales : If sustained , the yen's 12.5% decline against the dollar this month may damp inflation across the region . A quarter of manufacturers reported a decline in production . The housing industry experienced a decline in sales . a rapid / sharp / steep / marked decline a slight / slow / gradual decline
a situation in which a company , country , or financial market gradually becomes less valuable , makes less profit , or produces less: Further economic decline might provoke spontaneous popular protest . Little was being done to reverse the decline in the town's tourist economy . The industry has been in decline for decades .
(Definition of decline noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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