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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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On the PSEi, among the biggest decliners was Globe Telecom, which lost 4.29 percent.
Decliners were led by JG Summit, which was down 3.5 percent PLDT, which lost 2.
[FEV.sub.1] rapid decliners had a higher overall rate of incident cardiovascular disease than those without rapid decline, even after adjustment for baseline variables such as age, sex, race, body mass index, and heart rate (HR, 1.15; 95% CI, 1.04-1.26; P = .004), and FVC rapid decliners likewise had a 19% greater risk of the composite endpoint (HR, 1.19; 95% CI, 1.08-1.32; P less than .001).
Both were the biggest decliners in the S&P 500.
Big banks are among the sharpest decliners of the Dow, with Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) trading down 1.27 percent.
Among furniture's nine categories there were no decliners, and just one category, handmade rugs, was flat.
Decliners outside the PSEi included Chelsea and ISM, both owned by businessman Dennis Uy, which respectively fell by 9.82 percent and 7.25 percent.
All other indices fell in negative zone with decliners led by financials, holding firms and the mining and oil.
Biggest decliners in NASDAQ were Monster Beverage -6.7%, MercadoLibre -6.4% and American Airlines -4.1%.
Also among the decliners was CBS Corp., which slipped 74 cents, to $66.23.
Tokyo stocks opened higher Thursday after investors snapped up recent decliners such as financials and auto issues and were also cheered by an overnight gain on Wall Street.
Here also decliners led gainers 16 to 7 and four remained unchanged.