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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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But a declining enrollment, or even a small increase, also means less crowding and a respite from years of growth.
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World NR stocks continued to increase in 1996, but at a declining pace compared to that of the first half of 1995.
The rise in the peso's inflation-adjusted exchange value has cumulated to nearly 35 percent since 1989, reflecting in part a strong inflow of capital from abroad stimulated by domestic reforms, declining world interest rates, and the anticipated positive influence of NAFTA on Mexico's real growth.
Declining CD4 cell counts indicate that the HIV infection is progressing.
In 1993 production of commercial jet transports is projected to decline by 103 aircraft with sales declining 10 percent to $25 billion.
According to Miller, declining enrolment in technical sciences also has serious implications for other industries in the country.