July 30, 2017
Learner's Word of the Day
decline /dɪˈklaɪn/ noun
decline
/dɪˈklaɪn/
noun

plural declines

The graph shows a decline in cost.
The graph shows a decline in cost.
Learner's definition of DECLINE

1 : the process of becoming worse in condition or quality

[noncount]

  • a period of economic decline

  • He says that American industry is in a state of decline.

  • There was a general feeling that the country was in decline. [=was becoming less powerful, wealthy, etc.]

  • The town fell/went into decline after the factory closed down.

[count] — usually singular

  • He has experienced a decline in health.

  • the decline and fall of the Roman empire

  • The company's products suffered a decline in quality.

  • a gradual physical/mental decline

2 : a change to a lower number or amount

[count]

  • The economy experienced a decline of two million jobs.

  • We saw a sharp/steep decline in sales this month.

  • Declines led advances at the end of the trading day.

[noncount]

  • There was some decline in stock prices at the end of the trading session.

on the decline

: becoming worse in condition or less in size, amount, number, etc. : declining

  • His health is on the decline.

  • Sales are on the decline.

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