subside

verb

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

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
subsidence
səb-ˈsī-dᵊn(t)s How to pronounce subside (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.
Recent Examples on the Web But the great streaming boom of the early 2020s has subsided as entertainment companies — reeling from financial losses — are tightening their belts and greenlighting less streaming content. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 9 Apr. 2024 The skin does appear warm and flushed after the initial application, but that quickly subsides after just a few minutes. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 25 Mar. 2024 While the conspiracy theories and threats had subsided by October 2022, Woodall said there was still a lot of misinformation that creates assumptions and accusations on the parts of voters who email the Election Commission using the inbox Zapata monitored. Alison Dirr, Journal Sentinel, 19 Mar. 2024 However, those hopes quickly subsided when the vote failed, leaving little chance for a revival of the directive before the March 15 deadline for approval by the European Parliament. Jon McGowan, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 Win McNamee / Getty Images The shock of losing the bridge may take a while to subside. Peter Nicholas, NBC News, 26 Mar. 2024 Weather is forecast to improve Sunday and into next week with dry conditions, gradually subsiding winds and seasonable temperatures. Omar Rodríguez Ortiz, Miami Herald, 22 Mar. 2024 The single repetitive note slowly built to a frantic pace, then suddenly subsided as a spirit entered her, taking over her body. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Mar. 2024 Once this war ends and the emergency situation subsides, there will still be a lot of work ahead of us. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of subside was in 1607

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Cite this Entry

“Subside.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subside. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

subside

verb
sub·​side səb-ˈsīd How to pronounce subside (audio)
subsided; subsiding
1
: to sink or fall to the bottom : settle
2
: to become quiet or less : abate
as the fever subsides
my anger subsided
subsidence
səb-ˈsīd-ᵊn(t)s How to pronounce subside (audio)
ˈsəb-səd-ən(t)s
noun

Medical Definition

subside

intransitive verb
sub·​side səb-ˈsīd How to pronounce subside (audio)
subsided; subsiding
: to lessen in severity : become diminished
the fever subsided

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