Antonyms for decline

Grammar : Noun, verb
Spell : dih-klahyn
Phonetic Transcription : dɪˈklaɪn

Definition of decline

Origin :
  • late 14c., "to turn aside, deviate," from Old French decliner "to sink, decline, degenerate, turn aside," from Latin declinare "to lower, avoid, deviate, to bend from, inflect," from de- "from" (see de-) + clinare "to bend," from PIE *klei-n-, suffixed form of *klei- "to lean" (see lean (v.)). Sense has been altered since c.1400 by interpretation of de- as "downward." Meaning "not to consent, politely refuse," is from 1630s. Related: Declined; declining.
  • noun lessening
  • noun downward change in value, position
  • verb say no
  • verb lessen, become less
  • verb descend
Example sentences :
  • Percival watched the decline with a conviction that he was dreaming.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • They only thought a lawyer could help them--but I'm far too busy--of course I decline.
  • Extract from : « Viviette » by William J. Locke
  • If we permit our economy to drift and decline, the vulnerable will suffer most.
  • Extract from : « United States Presidents' Inaugural Speeches » by Various
  • We protect iron-workers, and decline to protect our own daughters.
  • Extract from : « Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 8, May 21, 1870 » by Various
  • And so for the present we take leave of the Athenians, in the hour of their decline.
  • Extract from : « Stories from Thucydides » by H. L. Havell
  • While these negotiations went on, Arthur continued gradually to decline.
  • Extract from : « Night and Morning, Complete » by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • I cannot repay it, except by my thanks; and those only on condition that he will decline his suit.
  • Extract from : « Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) » by Samuel Richardson
  • There is yet another cause for the decline of the white population.
  • Extract from : « The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII) » by John Greenleaf Whittier
  • Lumley, burning with resentment, longed to decline the offer; but, alas!
  • Extract from : « Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete » by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It was dreadfully unromantic, but Minnie did not fall into a decline.
  • Extract from : « The Hunted Outlaw » by Anonymous

Synonyms for decline

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