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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Recent Examples on the Web But the Chinese government moved quickly to silence dissent, and public anger eventually subsided as the outbreak got under control. Nectar Gan, CNN, "China prepares to stage annual parliamentary meeting as leaders look to send message of national unity," 21 May 2020 When the pandemic subsides and normal business resumes, companies with limited IT budgets will look at low-code tools as an inexpensive way to create applications, said John Rymer, vice president and principal analyst at Forrester. Agam Shah, WSJ, "Emptying Offices Prompt Adoption of Low-Code to Build Work Apps," 15 May 2020 Dozens of people were crammed in for hours until the shelling subsided. Anam Zakaria, New York Times, "Women Face Dilemma in a War Zone: Risk the Blasts or Sexual Assault," 15 May 2020 There's also a chance that COVID-19 may take the route of other cold-causing coronaviruses or the seasonal flu, circulating during a few specific months of the year and subsiding during other months. Amber Brenza,, "What Is an Endemic Virus? WHO Warns COVID-19 'May Never Go Away'," 14 May 2020 Many states across the nation have begun reopening their economies amid signs that the pandemic may be subsiding. Carlin Becker, Washington Examiner, "Fauci to warn of 'needless suffering and death' if US reopens 'prematurely' in Senate hearing," 12 May 2020 Manufacturers are catching up, or the spike is subsiding. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Has Reminded Americans They Are Capable of Baking," 12 May 2020 Children may drive you a little crazy, but the shouting matches soon subside., "Horoscope," 12 May 2020 After the weather cleared and the flood subsided, the full scale of the disaster became more clear. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "One US town weathered floods, a tornado, and its first Covid-19 death on the same day," 4 May 2020

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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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24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Subside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 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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