a rapid/sharp/gradual decline
The company reported a small decline in its profits.
An increase in cars has resulted in the decline of public transport.
The town fell into (a) decline (= started to be less busy, important, etc.) after the mine closed.
Industry in Britain has been in decline since the 1970s.
Support for the party continues to decline.
The number of tourists to the resort declined by 10% last year.
Her health was declining rapidly.
I offered to give them a lift but they declined.
to decline an offer/invitation
- [V to inf]
Their spokesman declined to comment on the allegations.
1. change toward something smaller or lower
- synonym： diminution
2. a condition inferior to an earlier condition; a gradual falling off from a better state
3. a gradual decrease; as of stored charge or current
- synonym： decay
4. a downward slope or bend
1. grow worse;
- "Conditions in the slum worsened"
- synonym： worsen
2. refuse to accept;
3. show unwillingness towards;
- "he declined to join the group on a hike"
- synonym： refuse
4. grow smaller;
5. go down;
- "The roof declines here"
6. go down in value;
7. inflect for number, gender, case, etc., "in many languages, speakers decline nouns, pronouns, and adjectives"
- 1. We need to take corrective action to halt this country's decline. 更多牛津
- 2. The closure of the mine was the single most important factor in the town's decline.
- 3. a fractional decline in earnings
- 4. Poor economic policies led to a long period of stagnation and decline.