Definition of RECEDE

to grow less in scope or intensity especially gradually <the sound of sirens receded as the fire engines roared off into the distance>
Related Words compress, condense, constrict, contract; evaporate, fade (away), fritter (away), give out, melt (away), peter (out), tail (off), vanish; slacken, slow (down); alleviate, relax; flag, sink, weaken; cave (in), collapse, deflate
to move back or away (as from something difficult, dangerous, or disagreeable) <after the rain stops, the floodwaters should gradually recede>
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