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

Examples of recede in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The wintry dawn setting of Act Three was especially effective, with its gentle but chilly snowfall in a setting of bare trees receding into a gray haze. cleveland.com, "Cleveland Opera Theater kicks off season with ingenious, talent-rich ‘La Boheme’," 16 Sep. 2019 The National Weather Service predicts the river will crest at around 17.1 feet and, barring no additional rains, begin receding on Tuesday, Columbia County's emergency management office said in a news release Saturday. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin River expected to crest Sunday in Columbia County," 14 Sep. 2019 Analysts say that with its duties on soybeans and U.S.-made cars, China is taking aim at a key political support base of Trump, mainly the factories and farms across the Midwest and South at a time of receding momentum in the world's top economy. NBC News, "Trump delays tariff hike on some Chinese goods by two weeks," 12 Sep. 2019 Battles over the Mekong’s receding waters are becoming political. The Economist, "Why are water levels of the Mekong at a 100-year low?," 7 Aug. 2019 In the 1940s, ethologist Konrad Lorenz proposed a theory that infants across species possess similar traits: large eyes; a large head; squat noses, beaks, and snouts; receding chins; and roundness. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Cute furniture is a reprieve from our age of anxiety," 7 Aug. 2019 But receding water levels in lake ended that and led to the area’s decline, Neff said. Thomas Peele, The Mercury News, "Gilroy gunman holed up in isolated Nevada town where it’s easy to be anonymous," 30 July 2019 The protests show no signs of receding, with plans to march to the US Embassy on Sunday to drum up international support. Eileen Ng And, BostonGlobe.com, "Hong Kong thwarts airport protest, but battles continue," 7 Sep. 2019 The protests show no signs of receding, with plans to march to the U.S. Embassy on Sunday to drum up international support. Washington Post, "Hong Kong thwarts airport protest, but battles continue," 7 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The wintry dawn setting of Act Three was especially effective, with its gentle but chilly snowfall in a setting of bare trees receding into a gray haze. cleveland.com, "Cleveland Opera Theater kicks off season with ingenious, talent-rich ‘La Boheme’," 16 Sep. 2019 Dad Says The hurricane destroyed homes, businesses and other buildings across the island, though Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said at a news conference last week that flooding had receded in Freeport and Grand Bahama. Eric Todisco, PEOPLE.com, "Joy-Anna Duggar Shares a Kiss with Austin Forsyth After He Returns from Hurricane Relief Work," 11 Sep. 2019 While the threat of jihadist terrorism has largely receded in recent years, the consequences of U.S. policymakers’ response to it have not. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "We’re Trapped in the Dystopian Aftermath of 9/11," 6 Sep. 2019 That kind of dichotomy existed in his personal life, as the character actor also fretted over his receding hairline. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "In moving 'Love, Antosha,' the death of a rising film star and his parents' raw grief," 3 Sep. 2019 The midges that spread the disease take advantage of mud flats exposed as waters recede in high water years, Long said. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A midge-borne disease has killed hundreds of deer in Iowa but so far Wisconsin hasn't been hit as hard," 11 Sep. 2019 But in 2017, as seasonal ice receded amid rising global temperatures, a tanker cleared the route without an icebreaker for the first time ever. NBC News, "Russia's 'floating Chernobyl' nuclear plant begins voyage north," 23 Aug. 2019 As this grounding line recedes, bits of the ice shelf break off. The Economist, "Climate change is a remorseless threat to the world’s coasts," 17 Aug. 2019 But as ice and snow recede, China is investing in mining there. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Nations Claim Large Overlapping Sections of Arctic Seafloor," 23 July 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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The first known use of recede was in the 15th century

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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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