decline collocations and examples

 UK /dɪˈklaɪn/

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become less or worse

Adverbs frequently used with decline
quickly or to a large extent: considerably, dramatically, drastically, markedly, rapidly, sharply, significantly, steeply, substantiallyIn the UK, membership of political parties has declined sharply in recent years.gradually or to a slight extent: gradually, slightly, slowly, steadilyRelative wages for women decline steadily following the birth of a first child.
Nouns frequently used as the subject of decline
health, industry, number, population, rate, sales, standards, tradeEurope’s coal and steel industries have declined.

Usage note

Decline is often used in the present participle form in these combinations: Declining birth rates are now common throughout Europe.

Nouns frequently used after decline in
importance, numbers, popularityWhy so simple a game without expensive equipment has declined in popularity is puzzling.

say politely that you will not accept something or do something

Adverbs frequently used with decline
politelyMy offer to help her was politely declined.
Nouns frequently used as the object of decline
invitation, offer, requestHe declined my invitation to join in the discussion.
Verbs in the infinitive frequently used after decline
answer, comment, sayYesterday she declined to comment on the issue.
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