ebb

noun
\ ˈeb How to pronounce ebb (audio) \

Definition of ebb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the reflux of the tide toward the sea
2 : a point or condition of decline our spirits were at a low ebb

ebb

verb
ebbed; ebbing; ebbs

Definition of ebb (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to recede from the flood
2 : to fall from a higher to a lower level or from a better to a worse state his popularity ebbed

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Verb

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 (such as the tide) that commonly comes and goes. the ebbing of daylight

Examples of ebb in a Sentence

Noun Morale seems to have reached its lowest ebb. a surprising ebb in the quality of workmanship in goods coming from that country Verb waiting for the tide to ebb the fortunes of the town slowly ebbed as factory after textile factory closed
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Strokes Gained statistics ebb and flow through a round with all the predictability of Los Angeles traffic. Eamon Lynch, Golfweek, "Lynch: Attention turns to Tiger Woods' plans before Masters after Genesis meltdown," 15 Feb. 2020 Still, there’s no shortage of race fans who hop on social posts to criticize the team’s ownership for pushing aside a driver who rode the team’s ebb and flow for five years. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Oliver Askew, Patricio O'Ward ready for battle vs. IndyCar vets: 'It's a total long play'," 7 Feb. 2020 Tensions between Iran’s Jews and the regime ebb and rise depending on the country’s relationship with Israel. The Economist, "Trapped in Iran," 28 Jan. 2020 David Andre, adjunct professor of tourism marketing at San Jose State, said the effect is raised by the extra games being on weekends, when business travel ebbs. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Is the 49ers’ success helping South Bay economy?," 10 Jan. 2020 Pelt sales ebb and flow with fashion trends, but manufacturing sales have been on a slow decline. NBC News, "Macy's, Bloomingdale's to stop selling fur," 22 Oct. 2019 The effect of trade on any particular species ebbs and flows along with cultural trends and changes in taste. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian, "New Report Finds at Least One in Five Terrestrial Vertebrate Species Are Traded Globally," 7 Oct. 2019 After such an organic narrative ebb and flow, two key dramatic turns in the late going can't quite shake off the feeling of contrivance. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Magari' ('If Only'): Film Review | Locarno 2019," 8 Aug. 2019 There's always that natural ebb and flow because our lives change. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "'Real Housewives' star Sonja Morgan on Bethenny Frankel's exit, friendship and #Ramonja," 17 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Pete Buttigieg has soared from 15 when the week began to 22 now, though his momentum appears to have ebbed a bit. NBC News, "Meet the Press - February 9, 2020," 9 Feb. 2020 Black violent crime was a major factor in the post-1960s crime tsunami and persisted even after the wave began to ebb in the 1990s. Barry Latzer, National Review, "The Need to Discuss Black-on-Black Crime," 5 Dec. 2019 All the charisma and charm that was usually associated with Mourinho seemed to have ebbed away during his time at Old Trafford. Ben Morse, CNN, "Tottenham Hotspur secures win in Jose Mourinho's first game in charge," 23 Nov. 2019 As a result of these measures, northbound migration through Mexico to the United States border has ebbed considerably in recent months. New York Times, "Mexico Breaks Up a Migrant Caravan, Pleasing White House," 24 Jan. 2020 The protests have since ebbed, and in December, Colombia’s vice president, Marta Lucía Ramírez, accused Russia and its allies in Venezuela of fomenting protests through social network campaigns. Lara Jakes, BostonGlobe.com, "As protests in South America surged, so did Russian trolls on Twitter, US finds," 19 Jan. 2020 Supplies have ebbed, saltwater has intruded from San Francisco Bay and wildlife has suffered, particularly delta smelt and chinook salmon, which remain in critically low numbers. Kurtis Alexander, SFChronicle.com, "1 is better than none — California moves toward single water tunnel under delta," 15 Jan. 2020 This time, the optimism had ebbed, even if the policies kept coming. The Economist, "Britain’s Labour Party heads further left," 26 Sep. 2019 Indeed, the gun industry at large struggled with slowing sales after Mr. Trump's election as worries about gun control ebbed among firearm enthusiasts. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Gun seller United Sporting goes bust, partly blaming Trump's election," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of ebb

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ebb

Noun

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

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“Ebb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ebb. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for ebb

ebb

noun
How to pronounce ebb (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ebb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the time when the tide flows out from the land
: a low point or condition : a condition of weakness, failure, etc.

ebb

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ebb (Entry 2 of 2)

of a tide : to flow outward from the land
: to get worse

ebb

noun
\ ˈeb How to pronounce ebb (audio) \

Kids Definition of ebb

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the flowing out of the tide
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

ebb

verb
ebbed; ebbing

Kids Definition of ebb (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to flow out or away
2 : to get worse His fortunes ebbed.

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