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 Yet when relations with Turkey are at a low ebb because of its incursion into Syria, the energy needed to push back seems to have sapped. The Economist, "The House votes to recognise the persecution of Armenians as genocide," 2 Nov. 2019 That level of work ethic has come naturally for the majority of the roster, most of whom are already veterans used to the ebb and flow of an NBA season. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "New-look Portland Trail Blazers building camaraderie, chemistry on the court," 1 Oct. 2019 The killing is yet to ebb despite a peace agreement signed in Bangui in February between 14 rebel groups and the government. Sebastian Shukla, Tim Lister And Clarissa Ward, CNN, "The forgotten crisis that has displaced 1.2 million people," 27 June 2019 Their economies ebb and flow with the price of oil. David Yanofsky, Quartz, "Every state recession since 2007 and why they matter," 11 Sep. 2019 So, institutionally speaking, the executive branch was at a very low ebb in August 1974. Jay Cost, National Review, "In Praise of Gerald Ford," 9 Sep. 2019 Philately aside, the ebb and flow of national propaganda on the topic of Taiwan has closely followed Chinese political developments. Ilaria Maria Sala, Quartz, "China says Taiwan was always part of it, but an old stamp shows a telling propaganda snafu," 2 Sep. 2019 By 2017, park maintenance was at a low ebb, summer staffing had been cut back more than 20 percent and state park visitors were complaining about over-flowing trash cans and dirty toilet facilities. Gregory B. Hladky, courant.com, "New “passport to the parks” bringing lots more visitors to state parks," 31 Aug. 2019 Far From Home nears its conclusion, Peter Parker is at a low ebb. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Spider-Man: Far From Home turns a class-conscious hero into a tech bro," 3 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Its prevalence rose, then ebbed when the opioid epidemic hit. Parker Schorr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "While millions are spent to fight the opioid epidemic, a meth crisis quietly grows in Wisconsin," 17 Oct. 2019 The popularity of even classic beer styles ebb and flow. Jay R. Brooks, The Mercury News, "Beer trend alert: The resurgence of Mexican lager," 6 Sep. 2019 Truck traffic in and out of the loading docks ebbed and flowed. Michael Hawthorne, chicagotribune.com, "More than half a million Americans exposed to toxic air pollution face cancer risks above EPA guidelines. Check the Tribune’s interactive map to see if you might be one of them.," 25 July 2019 Antitrust moves ebbed and flowed through the 20th century. David Streitfeld, New York Times, "To Take Down Big Tech, They First Need to Reinvent the Law," 20 June 2019 Things get even more complicated when one faces spending resources to maintain investments made in the past but whose contribution to current levels of living has ebbed or become more amorphous. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Weighing the value of what we spend," 18 Aug. 2019 As dozens of death row inmates were exonerated and public support for capital punishment ebbed, the number of death sentences carried out plunged by 74%, from 98 at the peak to 25 last year. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The expensive folly of federal executions," 31 July 2019 The crowds show no sign of ebbing, and analysts say that the protests are quickly becoming the biggest political demonstration in the US territory’s modern history. Zeeshan Aleem, Vox, "Puerto Rico’s week of massive protests, explained," 20 July 2019 But over the past five years the resources sector has lost its fizz, and wage growth has ebbed to about 2% a year, lower than in America. The Economist, "Australia has the world’s highest minimum wage," 20 July 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

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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