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ebb

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noun \ˈeb\

Simple Definition of ebb

  • : the time when the tide flows out from the land

  • : a low point or condition : a condition of weakness, failure, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ebb

  1. 1 :  the reflux of the tide toward the sea

  2. 2 :  a point or condition of decline <our spirits were at a low ebb>

Examples of ebb in a sentence

  1. Morale seems to have reached its lowest ebb.

  2. <a surprising ebb in the quality of workmanship in goods coming from that country>



Origin of ebb

Middle English ebbe, from Old English ebba; akin to Middle Dutch ebbe ebb, Old English of from — more at of


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with ebb


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ebb

verb

Simple Definition of ebb

  • of a tide : to flow outward from the land

  • : to get worse

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ebb

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to recede from the flood

  3. 2 :  to fall from a higher to a lower level or from a better to a worse state <his popularity ebbed>

Examples of ebb in a sentence

  1. waiting for the tide to ebb

  2. <the fortunes of the town slowly ebbed as factory after textile factory closed>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of ebb

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of ebb

abate, subside, wane, ebb mean to die down in force or intensity. abate stresses the idea of progressive diminishing <the storm abated>. subside implies the ceasing of turbulence or agitation <the protests subsided after a few days>. wane suggests the fading or weakening of something good or impressive <waning enthusiasm>. ebb suggests the receding of something (as the tide) that commonly comes and goes <the ebbing of daylight>.


EBB Defined for Kids

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ebb

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noun \ˈeb\

Definition of ebb for Students

  1. 1 :  the flowing out of the tide

  2. 2 :  a point reached after things have gotten worse <In the ebb of their fortunes, this sum was their total capital … — Jack London, The Call of the Wild>




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ebb

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verb

Definition of ebb for Students

ebbedebbing

  1. 1 :  to flow out or away

  2. 2 :  to get worse <His fortunes ebbed.>





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