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1‘she declined all invitations’
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
say no to, shake one's head, send one's regrets
informal give something a miss, give someone the brush-off
British informal knock back
Australian informal snout
2‘the number of small local traders has declined’
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
3‘standards of craftsmanship steadily declined’
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
1‘the company suffered a decline in profits’
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
2‘there is a link between pollution and forest decline’
deterioration, degeneration, degradation, shrinkage, shrinking, withering, atrophy, weakening, enfeeblement, fall, failure, death, decay, decaying
‘the prosperity of the Mediterranean world was in decline’
waning, declining, on the decline, decaying, crumbling, collapsing, atrophying, failing, disappearing, dying, moribund, past its prime, obsolescent
on its last legs, on the way out
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