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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My Body’s War on Femininity My naturally fine hair started to thin in my 20s—an all over fallout unlike the receding hairline many men deal with. Anna Lee Beyer, Glamour, "Losing My Hair Taught Me to Redefine My Standards of Beauty," 22 May 2019 Photos: Getty The Trump administration said Tuesday that the threat of hostilities with Iran has receded in the face of U.S. military deployments and sought to assure lawmakers in classified briefings that a war wasn’t imminent. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "Iran Threat Has Been Put ‘On Hold,’ Acting Defense Chief Says," 21 May 2019 With the sentence, handed down on Valentine’s Day, Boone saw her last hopes recede. Town & Country, "Mary Boone Is Taking a Break," 18 Apr. 2019 The water stopped rising, and began, very slowly, to recede. Todd Pitman, Fox News, "AP WAS THERE: 2013 typhoon kills thousands in Philippines," 15 Sep. 2018 The prayers might have helped Sunday as the rain stopped, allowing water levels inside the roughly 5-mile-long cave to recede. George Styllis, latimes.com, "Water pumps, drills and Buddhist prayers power desperate search for boys trapped in Thailand cave," 1 July 2018 Your thick pregnancy hair is falling out in larger clumps with every shower, and your hairline has receded a little on one side. Glamour, "Let's Stop Clicking on Stories About Celebrities' Post-Baby Bodies," 6 May 2019 So as darkness fell on the Belmont Park, the Triple Crown near-misses of the '80s, the '90s and the 2000s receded further from memory, old wounds healed over, nearly forgotten. Tim Layden, SI.com, "It's Instinctive to Compare Justify's Triple Crown to American Pharoah's but Both Share Connection to Greatness," 10 June 2018 In the 1920s, astronomers observed that distant galaxies are rapidly receding from Earth and from one another. Dan Falk /, NBC News, "What is the Big Bang theory?," 9 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But that’s expected to rise significantly, because about 425 claims remain open and numerous others are expected to be filed after floodwaters recede and people can assess the damage to their homes and businesses. Washington Post, "Floodwaters test sandbag fortifications around Missouri," 5 June 2019 The Miracle of Steroids Quan gave the patient a shot of a steroid and started him on prednisone, and almost immediately the pain receded. Lisa Sanders, New York Times, "What Was the Cause of the Excruciating Pain in His Shoulders and Hips?," 5 June 2019 My Body’s War on Femininity My naturally fine hair started to thin in my 20s—an all over fallout unlike the receding hairline many men deal with. Anna Lee Beyer, Glamour, "Losing My Hair Taught Me to Redefine My Standards of Beauty," 22 May 2019 Photos: Getty The Trump administration said Tuesday that the threat of hostilities with Iran has receded in the face of U.S. military deployments and sought to assure lawmakers in classified briefings that a war wasn’t imminent. Ben Kesling, WSJ, "Iran Threat Has Been Put ‘On Hold,’ Acting Defense Chief Says," 21 May 2019 With the sentence, handed down on Valentine’s Day, Boone saw her last hopes recede. Town & Country, "Mary Boone Is Taking a Break," 18 Apr. 2019 With rains decreasing, the water has started receding in parts of Kerala but thousands of people remain cut off and in need of help. Aijaz Rahi, The Seattle Times, "Indians begin massive cleanup as rains diminish in Kerala," 20 Aug. 2018 The prayers might have helped Sunday as the rain stopped, allowing water levels inside the roughly 5-mile-long cave to recede. George Styllis, latimes.com, "Water pumps, drills and Buddhist prayers power desperate search for boys trapped in Thailand cave," 1 July 2018 In some cases, sections of land have receded hundreds of feet in just a few years, BEM's website says. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Erosion is creeping toward Alaska’s coastal radar sites," 20 Mar. 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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