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 Legislators made the benefits temporary in hopes the pandemic would subside over the summer. Sabrina Eaton, cleveland, "Democrats including Sen. Sherrod Brown bemoan end of $600 federal unemployment supplement," 31 July 2020 Texas State Teachers Association President Noel Candelaria said in a news release that Abbott needs to slow down and wait until the pandemic has clearly begun to subside and strict safety standards are in place. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "As long as Gov. Abbott’s order stands, older students in COVID-19 affected areas must wear masks," 7 July 2020 Significant research shows that the substance is not physically addictive, however, and that LSD overdoses are generally not considered life-threatening and subside within 72 hours. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, "Americans Increase LSD Use—and a Bleak Outlook for the World May Be to Blame," 10 July 2020 When a wildfire ends, the flames subside and the smoke clears. Jacob Stern, The Atlantic, "This Is Not a Normal Mental-Health Disaster," 7 July 2020 President Donald Trump seemed confident the coronavirus would soon subside. CBS News, "New coronavirus cases in U.S. top 50,000 in one day, setting record," 2 July 2020 De Blasio cited National Institute of Health Director Dr. Anthony Fauci’s warning earlier this week that the U.S. could see as many as 100,000 coronavirus cases a day if a current spike in cases does not subside. Fox News, "De Blasio says NYC 'cannot go ahead' with indoor dining for 'Phase 3,' as coronavirus cases surge across US," 2 July 2020 Concern that patients may defer elective surgeries until cases subside or a vaccine is approved has been a hot topic among investors since the pandemic began. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Texas’ pause in elective surgeries poses risk to Tenet, Medical City parent HCA," 30 June 2020 There’s still a great deal of uncertainty about when Covid-19 will subside too, making retail’s recovery timeline far from certain. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Even a retail powerhouse like Nike was no match for Covid-19," 26 June 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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4 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Subside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 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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