decline Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “decline” in the English Dictionary

"decline" in British English

See all translations

declineverb

uk   us   /dɪˈklaɪn/

decline verb (GO DOWN)

B2 [I] to ​graduallybecome less, ​worse, or ​lower: His ​interest in the ​project declined after his ​wifedied. The party's ​popularity has declined in the ​opinionpolls.formal The ​land declines ​sharply away from the ​house.
More examples

decline verb (REFUSE)

B2 [I or T] formal to ​refuse: I ​invited him to the ​meeting but he declined. He declined my ​offer. [+ to infinitive] They declined totell me how they had ​obtained my ​address.
More examples

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 ​listitsvariousforms: In ​Latin we ​learned how to decline ​nouns.

declinenoun [S or U]

uk   us   /dɪˈklaɪn/
B2 when something ​becomes less in ​amount, ​importance, ​quality, or ​strength: industrial decline Home ​cookingseems 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.
More examples
(Definition of decline from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"decline" in American English

See all translations

declineverb

 us   /dɪˈklɑɪn/

decline verb (GO DOWN)

[I] to go down in ​amount or ​quality; ​lessen or ​weaken: His ​interest in the ​project declined after his ​wifedied. Her ​health declined ​quickly.

decline verb (REFUSE)

[I/T] to ​refuse something: [T] She declined ​theirjoboffer.

declinenoun [C/U]

 us   /dɪˈklɑɪn/

decline noun [C/U] (GOING DOWN)

a ​change to a ​loweramount; the ​process of ​becoming less in ​quality or ​strength: [C usually sing] Unemployment ​increased this ​month after a ​modest decline. [U] Civilization is in decline.
(Definition of decline from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"decline" in Business English

See all translations

declineverb [I]

uk   us   /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/​interestrates Even though ​interestrates could decline further, they are now near their ​lowestpoint. 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 ​reduceprofits for the declining ​commercial fishing ​industry.

declinenoun [C or U]

uk   us   /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 ​manufacturersreported a decline inproduction. The ​housingindustryexperienced a decline insales. a rapid/​sharp/​steep/​marked decline a slight/​slow/gradual decline
a ​situation in which a ​company, country, or ​financialmarket 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 ​touristeconomy. The ​industry has been in decline for decades.
(Definition of decline from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of decline?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“decline” in Business English

Word of the Day

autumnal

typical of autumn

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More