Academic Word List

The 570 most common words in English academic texts

Type: noun, verb

Definitions: (noun) A decline happens when the number, quality, slope, or value of something goes down. (verb) If someone declines an offer, they do not accept it. (verb) If something declines, it goes down in number, quality, slope, or value.

Examples: (noun) There continues to be a decline in the number of students studying philosophy. (noun) There was a decline in the percentage, from 56% to 44%. (verb) She was invited to the awards ceremony, but declined for health reasons. (verb) The percentage declined by 12%, from 56% to 44%. (verb) The number of students studying philosophy continues to decline.

Synonyms: verbs: drop, fall, decrease. reject, refuse. nouns: drop, fall, decrease.

Academic Word List Sublist and Group: 5 B