sub·​side | \səb-ˈsīd \
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, 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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Well, the rush of Black Friday and Cyber Monday has mostly subsided, but there are still a handful of leftover offers worth noting. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Get a $100 Apple App Store and iTunes gift card for $85," 28 Nov. 2018 Now 56, her symptoms have subsided after a stringent program of diet, exercise and an array of supplements. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 Neither the desire of Deerfield’s Zion Lutheran Evangelical Church to bring affordable housing to the village nor the opposition of a vocal group of residents has subsided since the church first proposed the idea in December 2014. Steve Sadin,, "Zion Woods affordable housing development back on the docket in Deerfield," 25 June 2018 Now, panic over the volcano has subsided and the rate of cancellations has slowed, Mr. Chajón said by telephone on Friday. New York Times, "Visiting Guatemala After a Deadly Eruption," 13 June 2018 While the extra-high hurricane rates have subsided, he’s found Uber Freight a good way to run his business. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Uber keeps on truckin’ as Freight expands nationwide," 1 June 2018 The Port Authority started letting people into the building again once the crush subsided. Paul Berger, WSJ, "New York City and New Jersey Take Heat Over Response to Snowstorm," 16 Nov. 2018 In addition to the above, your chest pain is fleeting and subsides after a short period of time on its own. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "Is Your Chest Pain Physical or Mental?," 14 Nov. 2018 The connection between the brand and the disgraced Hollywood producer came under scrutiny, and its presence on the awards-show circuit noticeably subsided. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra Explained Why She Wore a Marchesa Gown to Her Bridal Shower," 30 Oct. 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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English Language Learners Definition of subside

: to become less strong or intense

: to move down to a lower level


sub·​side | \səb-ˈsīd \
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 \
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, ˈsəb-​səd-​ən(t)s \ noun

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