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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Sometimes, a player recedes from the big stage to the shadows and harnesses his talent, forging a path as an ever more important prospect for an organization’s future. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "Futures Game in his past, Bryan Mata’s future glowing bright," 5 July 2019 But nor did other monetary fears recede—notably government over-reliance on debt. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "The quiet campaign to reinstate the gold standard is getting louder," 3 July 2019 The Menendez brothers — in their day, nearly as fixated upon as Simpson has been — have receded into appropriate irrelevance in 2019, as have Scott Peterson, Robert Blake, and Casey Anthony. Graham Hillard, National Review, "O. J. Simpson Joins Twitter," 28 June 2019 These may recede as the currency grows bigger and more decentralised, only to be replaced by worries about financial stability. The Economist, "Facebook wants to create a worldwide digital currency," 20 June 2019 By Thursday morning, most of the high waters had receded. Justice Amick, Indianapolis Star, "'Things just can't keep up': Parts of Carmel flood after heavy rain, more likely on the way," 20 June 2019 As the migraine attack ended, the swelling would recede and return to a concavity. Katherine Foxhall, Time, "How A Nurse With a Hole in Her Skull Changed The Medical History of Migraines," 18 June 2019 But for the most part, the era of dynastic politics seems to have receded. Mark Schmitt, Vox, "Is dynastic politics on the way out?," 20 Nov. 2018 Detention compartments are normally dry, but take in and hold stormwater during periods of heavy rain, releasing the stormwater back to the bayou slowly, by gravity, when water levels in the bayou recede. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Flood Control District project under way in west Houston," 13 June 2019

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As the swollen Mississippi and Missouri rivers slowly recede, communities across the Midwest are starting to add up the damage and make plans for repairs with the help of federal aid. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "After Months of Floods and Tornadoes, Midwest Officials Tally Billions in Damage," 4 July 2019 As the threat of Somali piracy receded, South-East Asia’s waters briefly regained their former status as the world’s most perilous. The Economist, "The Gulf of Guinea is now the world’s worst piracy hotspot," 29 June 2019 While grouse numbers recede and rise on a nine to eleven-year cycle, an overriding downward trend can be noted for the Wisconsin grouse population since the inception of the survey. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ruffed grouse drumming counts up 41% statewide," 15 June 2019 Detention compartments are normally dry, but take in and hold stormwater during periods of heavy rain, releasing the stormwater back to the bayou slowly, by gravity, when water levels in the bayou recede. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Flood Control District project under way in west Houston," 13 June 2019 Although water levels eventually receded, the utility decided to drain the reservoir and divert water around the dam so inspectors could figure out what went wrong. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Moccasin Dam, which came close to failure last year, is repaired and working," 10 June 2019 The herds are kept by Jewish and Druze farmers ranging from Mount Hermon south to the Sea of Galilee’s receding arms. Josh Adler, National Geographic, "Making peace in the Golan Heights—between humans and wolves," 11 Apr. 2019 But as the threat recedes, the public is less likely to agree to laws and policies that limit freedoms, Morag said. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Dallas’ ‘lone wolf’ shooting shows how we’re always in danger, even with improved security," 22 June 2019 Environmentalists say wild animals are suffering from the shrinking hunting environment and the receding ice as the Arctic is getting warmer, and some of them have ventured south in search of food. BostonGlobe.com, "Polar bear spotted in Russian city, far from normal habitat," 19 June 2019

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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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