subside

verb
sub·​side | \ səb-ˈsīd How to pronounce subside (audio) \
subsided; subsiding

Definition of subside

intransitive verb

1 : to sink or fall to the bottom : settle
2 : to tend downward : descend especially : to flatten out so as to form a depression
3 : to let oneself settle down : sink subsided into a chair
4 : to become quiet or less as the fever subsides my anger subsided

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Other Words from subside

subsidence \ səb-​ˈsī-​dᵊn(t)s How to pronounce subsidence (audio) , ˈsəb-​sə-​dən(t)s \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for subside

abate, subside, wane, ebb mean to die down in force or intensity. abate stresses the idea of progressive diminishing. the storm abated subside implies the ceasing of turbulence or agitation. the protests subsided after a few days wane suggests the fading or weakening of something good or impressive. waning enthusiasm ebb suggests the receding of something (such as the tide) that commonly comes and goes. the ebbing of daylight

Examples of subside in a Sentence

The pain will subside in a couple of hours. After his anger had subsided, he was able to look at things rationally. We'll have to wait until the wind subsides. The road will remain closed until the water subsides.
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This frequently happens in heart attacks, adding to the confusion that many patients feel as symptoms subside and then reappear. Robin Oliveira, WSJ, "‘I Had No Idea I Was Having a Heart Attack’: For Women, Cardiac Arrests Are Unseen Killers," 15 Feb. 2019 On the bright side, Janabi wisely kept registration documents and he was eventually restored as the car’s rightful owner when hostilities subsided. Fox News, "1958 Bentley stolen by Saddam Hussein and destroyed in Iraq War restored in USA," 3 Aug. 2018 Even when the painful blisters subside, permanent scarring can remain. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 411 on Giant Hogweed, the Invasive Plant That Can Cause Severe Burns and Blisters," 16 July 2018 Pier anglers are getting limits of mackerel on jigs when the water clears and some are catching pompano on shrimp along the beaches, again when the mud subsides; www.ateamfishing.com. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Friday Fishing Report," 20 Apr. 2018 But when rage subsides, as Marchand noted, all that remains is guilt. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Enter the Sin Bin: What It's Like to Be Sent to 'Adult Timeout' in the NHL," 17 Apr. 2018 Cargill was eventually discharged when the symptoms subsided a few hours later. Rachel G. Bowers, BostonGlobe.com, "Even the best-laid Boston Marathon plans can go off-course," 11 Apr. 2018 When the butter's foaming has subsided, sauté the chicken in batches, 3 to 4 minutes per side, until both sides are golden brown. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Lemon Butter from Alex Hitz," 1 Nov. 2014 Various businesses closed once the Harvey's waters subsided in Precinct 4. Mayra Cruz, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County's recovery from Harvey may hinge on state funds," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of subside

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for subside

Latin subsidere, from sub- + sidere to sit down, sink; akin to Latin sedēre to sit — more at sit

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subside

verb

English Language Learners Definition of subside

: to become less strong or intense
: to move down to a lower level

subside

verb
sub·​side | \ səb-ˈsīd How to pronounce subside (audio) \
subsided; subsiding

Kids Definition of subside

1 : to become less strong or intense The pain subsided. The storm is beginning to subside.
2 : to become lower : sink The flood subsided.
sub·​side | \ səb-ˈsīd How to pronounce subside (audio) \
subsided; subsiding

Medical Definition of subside

: to lessen in severity : become diminished the fever subsided

Other Words from subside

subsidence \ səb-​ˈsīd-​ᵊn(t)s How to pronounce subsidence (audio) , ˈsəb-​səd-​ən(t)s How to pronounce subsidence (audio) \ noun

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