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
Australian, New Zealand 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