decline verb (GO DOWN)
- The latest opinion poll shows that the president's popularity has declined.
- Profits have declined as a result of the recent drop in sales.
- The levels of trade union and political activism in this country have greatly declined in the past 15 years.
- Her popularity has declined since her triumphal return from exile two years ago.
- Their economy has expanded enormously, while ours, by/in contrast, has declined.
decline verb (REFUSE)
- When she was asked if she had any ambition to become prime minister, she respectfully declined to answer the question.
- A spokesperson declined to speculate on the cause of the train crash.
- The official declined to comment on the matter.
- Our application for a loan was declined by the bank.
- His request for early retirement was declined by his employers.
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.字尾变化；使（名词，代词或形容词）的数和格发生变化［如果一个名词、代词或形容词的字尾有变化，则根据它是一个动词的主语或宾语，或根据它是单数或复数，它就有不同的形式；如果你让这样一个词（名词、代词或形容词）的字尾有变化，即是你让这个词的数或格发生变化，你会列出它的不同形式］
declinenoun [ S or U ]us uk /dɪˈklaɪn/
- The country has been in a very poor economic state ever since the decline of its two major industries.
- My grandmother, as usual, lamented the decline in moral standards in today's society.
- The TV series will be axed owing to a decline in popularity.
- Orders for new ships are rising, after several years of steady decline.
- The new manager hoped to reverse the decline in the company's fortunes.