"declines" in the noun sense
1. decline, diminution
change toward something smaller or lower
2. decline, declination
a condition inferior to an earlier condition a gradual falling off from a better state
3. decay, decline
a gradual decrease as of stored charge or current
4. descent, declivity, fall, decline, declination, declension, downslope
a downward slope or bend
"declines" in the verb sense
1. worsen, decline
"Conditions in the slum worsened"
2. refuse, reject, pass up, turn down, decline
refuse to accept
"He refused my offer of hospitality"
3. refuse, decline
show unwillingness towards
"he declined to join the group on a hike"
4. decline, go down, wane
"Interest in the project waned"
"The roof declines here"
6. decline, slump, correct
go down in value
"the stock market corrected"
inflect for number, gender, case, etc.
"in many languages, speakers decline nouns, pronouns, and adjectives"
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