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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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Longman points to significant declines in some Arab countries, notably Algeria, where the average woman had eight children in 1970.
The decline in the abortion rate among teenagers whose pregnancy occurred 0-3 months after their 18th birthday and the decline among those who became pregnant 0-3 months before their birthday--and would therefore have been able to obtain an abortion by the end of their first trimester--did not differ significantly In contrast, the decline among teenagers who conceived 3-6 months before they became 18--and would have been able to attain an abortion only in their second trimester--was 16% greater.
The 1980s were turbulent times for private and public universities because of a significant decline in enrollment.
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Hanushek and Rivkin have shown that real per-pupil spending began to grow in 1920 and that growth accelerated sharply i n the 1960s, before unions had become entrenched, My research shows that declines in teacher quality also pre-date unions.
Southcott predicts further declines in the North's population.
In August, the overall consumer energy increase was held down by a decline in gasoline production.
Not only has there been a 25 percent decline in voting, but also a 50 percent decline in political involvement as measured by campaign activities engaged in over the last four decades.
Since then, declines have stayed around 2 percent per year.
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