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recede

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verb re·cede \ri-ˈsēd\

Definition of recede

re·ced·edre·ced·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to move back or away :  withdraw <a receding hairline> b :  to slant backward

  3. 2 :  to grow less or smaller :  diminish, decrease <a receding deficit>



Origin of recede

Middle English, from Latin recedere to go back, from re- + cedere to go


First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of recede

recede, retreat, retract, back mean to move backward. recede implies a gradual withdrawing from a forward or high fixed point in time or space <the flood waters gradually receded>. retreat implies withdrawal from a point or position reached <retreating soldiers>. retract implies drawing back from an extended position <a cat retracting its claws>. back is used with up, down, out, or off to refer to any retrograde motion <backed off on the throttle>.

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recede

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verb re·cede \(ˌ)rē-ˈsēd\

Definition of recede

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cede back to a former possessor



Origin of recede

re- + cede


First Known Use: 1771



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