Synonyms of decline
1 fallDictionary • a declining birth rate
fall • Her weight fell to under seven stones.
fail • He was 58 and his health was failing rapidly.
drop • Temperatures can drop to freezing at night.
contract • Output fell last year and is expected to contract further this year.
lower • a drug which lowers cholesterol levels
sink • He's still alive, but sinking fast.
flag • His enthusiasm was in no way flagging.
fade • After that all her worries faded away.
shrink • The vast forests have shrunk.
diminish • The threat of war has diminished.
decrease • Population growth is decreasing each year.
fall off • Unemployment is rising again and retail buying has fallen off.
dwindle • The factory's workforce has dwindled.
lessen • The attention she gives him will certainly lessen once the baby is born.
wane • His interest in her began to wane.
ebb • There were occasions when my enthusiasm ebbed.
slacken • Inflationary pressures continued to slacken last month.
2 deteriorateDictionary • Her father's health has declined significantly in recent months.
deteriorate • There are fears that the situation may deteriorate.
weaken • Family structures are weakening and breaking up.
pine • While away from her children, she pined dreadfully.
decay • The work ethic in this country has decayed over the past 30 years.
worsen • The security forces had to intervene to prevent the situation from worsening.
lapse • Teenagers occasionally find it all too much to cope with and lapse into bad behaviour.
languish • He continues to languish in prison.
degenerate • He degenerated into drug and alcohol abuse.
droop • Support for him is beginning to droop amongst voters.
3 refuseDictionary • He declined their invitation.
refuse • She was refused access to her children.
reject • They are rejecting the values on which Thatcherism was built.
deny • His ex-wife denies him access to his children.
spurn • a spurned lover
send your regrets
1 depressionDictionary • The first signs of economic decline became visible.
depression • He never forgot the hardships he witnessed during the depression.
recession • The recession caused sales to drop off.
slump • the slump of the early 1980s
lessening • a lessening of tension on the border
diminution • a slight diminution in asset value
abatement • Demand for the product shows no sign of abatement.
2 deterioration • Rome's decline in the fifth century.
deterioration • the rapid deterioration in relations between the two countries
fall • There was a sharp fall in the value of the pound.
slump • a slump in property prices
decay • problems of urban decay and gang violence
descent • his swift descent from respected academic to homeless derelict
degeneration • the degeneration of our political system
atrophy • exercises to avoid atrophy of cartilage
decrepitude • The buildings had been allowed to fall into decrepitude.
consumption (old-fashioned) • an opera about a prostitute dying of consumption in a garret
tuberculosis • She spent two years in a sanatorium recovering from tuberculosis.
PHRASE:▷ in decline or on the decline
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• Demand for the product shows no sign of abatement.
• exercises to avoid atrophy of cartilage
• an opera about a prostitute dying of consumption in a garret
Thesaurus for decline from the Collins English Thesaurus
to refuse to do or accept (something), esp politely
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