de·​clin·​ing | \ di-ˈklī-niŋ How to pronounce declining (audio) , dē-\

Definition of declining

: of or relating to the period during which something is deteriorating or nearing its end her declining years

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Examples of declining in a Sentence

the declining flowers perked up with the gentle rainfall

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During replanting, remove dead and declining portions, including old roots. Tom Maccubbin,, "White coating on crape myrtle is fungus," 26 May 2018 The team then built mathematical models using the same data to assess how declining immunity might affect the susceptibility of the U.S. population. Roni Dengler, Science | AAAS, "Why so many college students are coming down with the mumps," 21 Mar. 2018 Prune away dead or declining plant portions affected by summer weather or pests. Tom Maccubbin,, "September in the garden," 26 Aug. 2017 According to a new analysis by the McKinsey Global Institute, 81 percent of the United States population is in an income bracket with flat or declining income over the last decade. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "Where Did All the Growth Go?," 6 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of declining

1597, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of declining was in 1597

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