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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But, going through this experience for the second time, all hope receded. Christopher Rosa, Allure, "Lena Headey Wrote the Kindest Message to Emilia Clarke About Her Brain Aneurysms," 23 Mar. 2019 But, going through this experience for the second time, all hope receded. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lena Headey Wrote the Kindest Message to Emilia Clarke About Her Brain Aneurysms," 22 Mar. 2019 Yet the sense is those trends continue to recede into a tide of populist politics and working-class resentment of the concentration of wealth, epitomized by the jet-setting attendees at the forum. Deborah Ball, WSJ, "Executives in Davos Put Brave Face on Jittery Mood," 22 Jan. 2019 River levels across northern Illinois have crested, and are to continue to recede. Tom Skilling, chicagotribune.com, "Pleasant Monday belies impending storm threat," 25 June 2018 Going through this experience for the second time, all hope receded. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Game of Thrones’s Emilia Clarke Speaks Out About Surviving Two Brain Aneurysms," 21 Mar. 2019 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 The warm days of summer will so be receding, and so are the warm days for finishing up all your outdoor projects. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "Finish Up Your Summer Projects With This Discounted Bosch Drill," 9 Aug. 2018 Years later, as World War II receded and the civil rights movement unfolded, that policy — and the Supreme Court ruling upholding it — became widely seen as wrong. Charlie Savage, New York Times, "Korematsu, Notorious Supreme Court Ruling on Japanese Internment, Is Finally Tossed Out," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Waters in the Louisville area are expected to start receding in the coming days, but a handful of events are set to be rescheduled or cancelled entirely in the wake of the flood over the weekend. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Rain delay: Several events around Louisville canceled or postponed due to flooding," 27 Feb. 2018 But, going through this experience for the second time, all hope receded. Christopher Rosa, Allure, "Lena Headey Wrote the Kindest Message to Emilia Clarke About Her Brain Aneurysms," 23 Mar. 2019 But, going through this experience for the second time, all hope receded. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lena Headey Wrote the Kindest Message to Emilia Clarke About Her Brain Aneurysms," 22 Mar. 2019 Objective tinnitus often recedes when the underlying problem is treated. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Is Tinnitus?," 30 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

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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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