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.詞類變化；使（名詞，代詞或形容詞）的數和格發生變化［如果一個名詞、代詞或形容詞有詞類變化，則需根據它是一個動詞的主詞或受詞，或根據它是單數或複數，來選擇適用的形式；如果你讓這樣一個詞（名詞、代詞或形容詞）的詞類有變化，即是你讓這個詞的數或格發生變化，你會列出它的不同形式］
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.