Synonyms of decline in English:

decline


See definition of decline

verb

1‘she declined all invitations’

SYNONYMS

turn down, reject, brush aside, refuse, rebuff, spurn, disdain, look down one's nose at, repulse, repudiate, dismiss, forgo, deny oneself, pass up, refuse to take advantage of, turn one's back on

abstain, abstain from, say no to, shake one's head, send one's regrets

informal give the thumbs down, give the thumbs down to, give the red light, give the red light to, give something a miss, give someone the brush-off

British informal knock back

Australian informal snout

ANTONYMS

accept

2‘the number of small local traders has declined’

SYNONYMS

decrease, reduce, get smaller, grow smaller, lessen, get less, diminish, wane, dwindle, contract, shrink, fall off, taper off, tail off, peter out

drop, fall, go down, sink, slump, plummet, plunge

informal nosedive, take a nosedive, take a header, go into a tailspin, crash

ANTONYMS

increase

3‘standards of craftsmanship steadily declined’

SYNONYMS

deteriorate, degenerate, decay, crumble, collapse, fail, fall, sink, slump, slip, slide, go downhill, worsen, get worse, go to rack and ruin, stagnate, atrophy, wither, weaken, fade, fade away, wane, ebb

be abandoned, be neglected, be disregarded, be forgotten

informal go to pot, go to the dogs, hit the skids, go down the toilet, go down the tubes

NZ Australian informal go to the pack

rare retrograde

ANTONYMS

flourish


noun

1‘the company suffered a decline in profits’

SYNONYMS

reduction, decrease, downturn, downswing, lowering, devaluation, depreciation, lessening, diminishing, diminution, slackening, waning, dwindling, fading, ebb, falling off, abatement, drop, slump, plunge, tumble

North American downtick

informal nosedive, crash, let-up

ANTONYMS

increase

2‘there is a link between pollution and forest decline’

SYNONYMS

deterioration, degeneration, degradation, shrinkage, shrinking, withering, atrophy, weakening, enfeeblement, fall, failure, death, decay, decaying

dated decadence

rare devolution


Phrases

    in decline

      ‘the prosperity of the Mediterranean world was in decline’

      SYNONYMS

      waning, declining, on the decline, decaying, crumbling, collapsing, atrophying, failing, disappearing, dying, moribund, past its prime, obsolescent

      informal

      on its last legs, on the way out