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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web While flu cases in Oregon and nationally appeared to fall last week, that doesn’t mean the flu season is subsiding, federal officials said Friday. oregonlive, "The flu: It is here, and you should get vaccinated," 11 Jan. 2020 And just as the hyper-partisan state of US politics reaches a fever pitch in the runup to the 2020 election, political risks could be subsiding in other parts of the world. Neil Dwane For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "US stocks won't be a good bet in 2020. Here's where the growth will be," 9 Dec. 2019 Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard got shut down by the team’s medical staff the past two weeks because of knee soreness that appears to be subsiding. Omar Kelly,, "Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard expects to play against Steelers," 24 Oct. 2019 The dealmaking in 2019 suggests that this long swell is finally subsiding. The Economist, "Investors and regulators fall out of love with colossal deals," 6 July 2019 If a trade deal with China comes to fruition and if other global uncertainties subside early next year, sentiment surrounding initial public offering activity could pick up, according to Ernst & Young. Mark Maurer, WSJ, "CFOs’ Concerns About the Economy, Talent Shortage Seep Into 2020," 31 Dec. 2019 Recession fears have repeatedly emerged on Wall Street over the past two years, although economic jitters have recently subsided. Matt Egan, CNN, "'Shortcomings' uncovered in living wills of 6 of America's 8 biggest banks," 18 Dec. 2019 But the parents decided not to when the child's fever subsided. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "The 15 crimes and tragedies that shocked Arizona in 2019," 18 Dec. 2019 When word spread, and the glow of admiration came from friends and others, his guilt subsided. Paulina Villegas, New York Times, "He Was One of Mexico’s Deadliest Assassins. Then He Turned on His Cartel.," 14 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of subside was in 1607

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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Subside.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of subside

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


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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