Meaning of “decline” in the English Dictionary

"decline" in British English

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declineverb

us uk /dɪˈklaɪn/

decline verb (GO DOWN)

B2 [ I ] to gradually become less, worse, or lower:

His interest in the project declined after his wife died.
The party's popularity has declined in the opinion polls.
formal The land declines sharply away from the house.

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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 to tell me how they had obtained my address.

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declinenoun [ S or U ]

us uk /dɪˈklaɪn/

B2 when something becomes less in amount, importance, quality, or strength:

industrial decline
Home cooking seems 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.

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(Definition of “decline” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"decline" in American English

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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 wife died.
Her health declined quickly.

decline verb (REFUSE)

[ I/T ] to refuse something:

[ T ] She declined their job offer.

declinenoun [ C/U ]

us /dɪˈklɑɪn/

decline noun [ C/U ] (GOING DOWN)

a change to a lower amount; 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

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declineverb [ I ]

uk /dɪˈklaɪn/ us

to become less, worse, or lower in value:

Milk production could decline by 15% or more in the late summer months.
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.

declinenoun [ C or U ]

uk /dɪˈklaɪn/ us

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.
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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)