recede

verb (1)
re·​cede | \ ri-ˈsēd How to pronounce recede (audio) \
receded; receding

Definition of recede

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to move back or away : withdraw a receding hairline
b : to slant backward
2 : to grow less or smaller : diminish, decrease a receding deficit

recede

verb (2)
re·​cede | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈsēd How to pronounce recede (audio) \
receded; receding; recedes

Definition of recede (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cede back to a former possessor

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Verb (1)

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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The suspect, described a 30- to 40 year-old white man with a medium build and a receding hairline driving a white Ford Explorer, swerved out of his lane and then abruptly back in, CHP said. Claire Morgan, sacbee, "Hit-and-run driver sought after Highway 65 crash in Roseville, CHP says," 3 July 2018 Our high blood pressure and receding hairlines do that. James Breakwell, Indianapolis Star, "Xploding Unicorn: Dads don't need a special day to remind them they're dads," 15 June 2018 Rightly intrigued, the astronomical community pointed a great deal of hardware toward the receding blip. Rob Reid, Ars Technica, "Nailing down the nature of ‘Oumuamua—it’s probably a comet, but…," 29 Nov. 2018 The storm's historic rainfall brought an assault on the region's infrastructure and killed 44 people, but with the waters finally receding, an unexpected consequence of the tempest has revealed itself. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Hurricane Florence Leaves Thousands of Dead, Rotting Fish on Highway," 24 Sep. 2018 Objective tinnitus often recedes when the underlying problem is treated. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Is Tinnitus?," 30 Jan. 2019 The offshore yuan bond market has shriveled in size, FTSE data shows, and the yuan’s share of global payments has receded, according to figures from the Swift banking network. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "Dominant Dollar Bests Challengers," 20 Jan. 2019 After that, Middleton receded from public view for the remainder of her maternity leave, with the exception of a few public appearances. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton's Has a New Signature Look: The Hatband," 13 Jan. 2019 While this bias should recede as more people take the tests and add their genetic data to the mix, the companies have some work to do before their kits can work reasonably well on a worldwide population. Dieter Holger, PCWorld, "DNA testing for ancestry is more detailed for white people. Here’s why, and how it's changing," 4 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Another objective that receded today was making a productive deal with China on either security or economic issues. Heather Hurlburt, Daily Intelligencer, "What Happens When You Treat Nuclear Diplomacy Like a Reality TV Show," 24 May 2018 Saturday's designation is part of a growing movement across the nation and around the world that sees wetlands as crucial connections to natural vistas that are receding as the planet heats up and development spreads. Louis Sahagun, latimes.com, "Owens Lake: Former toxic dust bowl transformed into environmental success," 28 Apr. 2018 Still, the Panama brawl has dealt a blow to the Trump brand, which has receded since Donald Trump became president. Author: Kirk Semple, Steve Eder, Ben Protess, Anchorage Daily News, "Panama hotel owner declares victory and Trump’s name is removed," 6 Mar. 2018 Global stocks surged and investors retreated from havens, including gold and the Swiss franc as fears over North Korea receded. Dana Pardini, Bloomberg.com, "Everything You Need to Know This Morning From Daybreak (Podcast)," 14 Aug. 2017 The sheriff's office said the ditch where the victim was found had been flooded for more than a week and the water had just receded. Fox News, "The Latest: Red Cross says housing could be hard to find," 25 Sep. 2018 The storm's historic rainfall brought an assault on the region's infrastructure and killed 44 people, but with the waters finally receding, an unexpected consequence of the tempest has revealed itself. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Hurricane Florence Leaves Thousands of Dead, Rotting Fish on Highway," 24 Sep. 2018 The human figures start to appear on the cave walls around 13,600 years ago, at a time when the ice sheets still dominated the world’s northern latitudes but had begun to slowly recede. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The world’s oldest figurative drawing depicts a wounded animal," 9 Nov. 2018 That certainly will rise as flood waters recede and people return to their homes. Fox News, "20-40K cars to be damaged by Florence's floods, report says," 19 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of recede

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (2)

1771, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for recede

Verb (1)

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

Verb (2)

re- + cede

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recede

verb
re·​cede | \ ri-ˈsēd How to pronounce recede (audio) \
receded; receding

Kids Definition of recede

1 : to move back or away Floodwaters are receding.
2 : to become smaller or weaker … I heard … footsteps receding.— Avi, Crispin

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