Definition of 'decline'
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The bank declined to comment on the case. Times, Sunday Times (2016)An alleged sharp decline in the quality of golf tuition after the abrupt departure of experienced coaches. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The club declined to say how many banning letters have been sent. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The causes of the decline are threefold. Times, Sunday Times (2016)She declined to comment when we approached her last night. The Sun (2016)The gradual decline has not surprised him, not least because of the way smokers have been lectured to from on high. Times, Sunday Times (2016)More than a million people work in call centres and they're often in areas that suffered big job losses from industrial decline. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It is injected into the muscle and slowly leaks out into the circulation, so it has a peak and then slowly declines. Times, Sunday Times (2016) Numbers are declining in eastern and central Africa but increasing in southern and west Africa. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Since a drug was invented to treat river blindness in the 1970s, the disease has declined dramatically. Smithsonian Mag (2017)The retailer declined to comment on its plans. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The official reasons given for songbird decline are habitat loss and modern farming methods. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Its importance declined after his overthrow and it was shut three times in the following decade. Times, Sunday Times (2009)The gradual decline of former champions has become an integral part of the circle of sporting life. Times, Sunday Times (2006)The decline in numbers was also driven by changes in attitudes towards mental illness. Times, Sunday Times (2011)We must accept that the decline of political honesty and political reporting is inevitable. Times, Sunday Times (2010)The firm declined to say how many staff it employs. Times, Sunday Times (2012)We politely decline his offer to share and grimace at each other. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Yet the increase in spending seems to have coincided with a decline in quality. Times, Sunday Times (2009)What are the causes of the decline of literature? Times, Sunday Times (2012)This was the fifth monthly decline in the past year. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The hospital declined to comment on his condition. Times, Sunday Times (2011)So far we have seen a gradual decline in some elements of quality. Times, Sunday Times (2015)It is true that there has been a decline in the number of sightings in recent years. The Sun (2012)The study could help the design of pills or supplements to stave off heart disease and mental decline. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Such funds are really a way of securing diversified funds when the importance of oil declines in the future. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Industries that have passed their peak decline slowly and are being held up by the overall buoyancy of the economy. MANAGEMENT: task, responsibilities, practices (1974)Experts blame the decline on the loss of nesting sites in eaves of old building due to repairs or demolition. The Sun (2009)They are expected to show sales declined 0.5% last month. Times, Sunday Times (2012)These particular problems have to be seen in the context of the area's progressive decline. Basic Marketing. Principles and Practice (1986)For the next century it quietly declined, relying for its income on essentially local traffic. Exploring Britain's Canals (1994)This is a recipe for long-term economic decline. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Manufacturing output declined by 0.6%. Times, Sunday Times (2013)During this century the decline of the docks also reflected changes in the pattern of world trade, and changes in technology. Remaking Planning: the politics of urban change in the Thatcher years (1989)This would allow hundreds of elderly people to avoid progressive cognitive decline that is highly distressing to them and their families, and to lead independent lives. Times, Sunday Times (2008)
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Translations for 'decline'
British English: decline VERB
If something declines, it becomes less in quantity, importance, or strength.
The number of staff has declined from 217,000 to 114,000.
British English: decline NOUN
If there is a decline in something, it becomes less in quantity, importance, or quality.
There wasn't such a big decline in enrollments after all.
Definition of decline from the Collins English Dictionary
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