Origin and Etymology of recede
Middle English, from Latin recedere to go back, from re- + cedere to go
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of recede
Definition of recede
: to cede back to a former possessor
RECEDE Defined for Kids
Definition of recede for Students
1 : to move back or away Floodwaters are receding.
2 : to become smaller or weaker … I heard … footsteps receding. — Avi, Crispin
Word Root of recede
The Latin word cedere, meaning “to go,” gives us the root ced. Words from the Latin cedere have something to do with going. To precede is to go before. To exceed is to go beyond a limit. To proceed is to go forward. To recede is to go back or away.
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