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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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09 million changed hands on the market, with services and insurance companies the main decliners.
Decliners outnumbered the advancers by a margin of 111 to 26 and the prices of 19 companies remained unchanged.
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Big banks are among the sharpest decliners of the Dow, with Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) trading down 1.
Gainers significantly outpaced decliners in the 94 categories tracked by HFN; only 13 categories declined and seven remained flat.
Here also decliners led gainers 16 to 7 and four remained unchanged.
Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by a 7-to-5 margin on the New York Stock Exchange.
The two hardest-hit groups in December were the furniture and housewares group, with decliners doubling gainers in both categories.
Decliners were led by machinery, nonferrous metal and automakers while gainers included consumer finance, land transport and airlines.
Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by an 11-to-7 margin on the New York Stock Exchange, one of the strongest ratios in recent sessions.
Gainers were led by sea transport, steel and insurance firms while decliners included utilities, mining, and fishery and forestry issues.
Despite the rout among blue chips, advancing issues had a strong 2-to-1 lead on decliners on the NYSE, helped by some strong earnings reports and merger news.