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decline

(dĭ-klīn′)
v. de·clined, de·clining, de·clines
v.intr.
1. To express polite refusal: I wanted to invite them but I was afraid they would decline.
2.
a. To slope downward; descend: The roof declines at a steep angle.
b. To bend downward; droop: boughs declining toward the ground.
3. To degrade or lower oneself; stoop: refused to decline to their level of behavior.
4. To deteriorate gradually; fail: His health has been declining for years.
5.
a. To sink, as the setting sun.
b. To draw to a gradual close: We made our way home as the day declined.
v.tr.
1. To refuse politely: I declined their offer of help.
2. To cause to slope or bend downward.
3. Grammar To inflect (a noun, a pronoun, or an adjective) for number and case.
n.
1. The process or result of declining, especially:
a. A gradual deterioration, as in numbers, activity, or quality: "overwhelming evidence that fish stocks ... are in decline" (Jonathan Bocknek).
b. A downward movement or fall, as in price.
c. A deterioration of health: the patient's rapid decline.
2. A downward slope; a declivity: the sharp decline of the dunes to the sea.

de·clin′a·ble adj.
de·clin′er n.

decline

(dē-klīn′)
1. Progressive decrease.
2. The declining period of a disease.

functional decline

The loss of independent function that often accompanies an acute illness or the cumulative effects of a chronic illness, a restriction in activities, or a change in diet, esp. in older persons.
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Brokers said investors hunted for bargains among recent decliners like machinery and banking issues after a sharp fall in the Tokyo stock market the previous trading session Tuesday.
Leading our decliners today with a five-percent loss, Intuit (NASDAQ:INTU) reported a fourth-quarter loss of $20 million, or 11 cents per share, last night.
TOKYO - Tokyo stocks opened higher Monday with investors buying a variety of recent decliners.
The biggest decliners were the financial, industrial, services and mining/oil counters which lost more than 1 percent.
Among the key decliners was Pandora , which dropped 4.
On the other hand, Telecom sector was the significant decliners, going down by 0.
Tokyo stocks opened higher Wednesday as investors picked up recent decliners, especially among marine transport and mining issues.
Advancing stocks led decliners by a 2-to-1 ratio on the New York Stock Exchange.
Yesterday, Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLD) found its way to the top of the decliners.
There were 115 decliners that edged out 87 advancers while 52 stocks were unchanged.
Other key decliners include Salem Media Group, off 3.
Real Estate Development and Transport sectors were major decliners, shedding 1.