subside

verb
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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Once fast, gusty winds subside, the utility will inspect its power lines and restore power in stages, with different geographic areas getting different restoration times. Shwanika Narayan, SFChronicle.com, 26 Oct. 2020 While the heat is expected to subside somewhat Tuesday, the rest of the week will remain sunny and warm with high temperatures in the low 90s or high 80s. oregonlive, 28 June 2021 If the pandemic in India doesn’t subside, the shipping industry will face a crunch of manpower into the foreseeable future. Samanth Subramanian, Quartz, 4 June 2021 Porzingis and the Mavericks tried to avoid surgery by injecting his knee with platelet-rich plasma injections, but the pain and stiffness didn’t subside sufficiently. Dallas News, 10 May 2021 What building material has hit its highest rate since 2006, causing price surges in new homes that some experts say may not subside until next year? CNN, 30 Apr. 2021 But Adar Poonawalla, the CEO of the Serum Institute, voiced a more pessimistic viewpoint Tuesday, telling the Associated Press that exports may not fully resume until June if the surge in India doesn’t subside. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2021 This put a hold on launching the product but the queries from customers did not subside. Tommy Williams, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 The body takes about 20 minutes to calm down after the fight-or-flight response is activated, so take advantage of that time to let your anger subside. Ian Kerner, CNN, 25 May 2021

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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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“Subside.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subside. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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subside

verb

English Language Learners Definition of subside

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

subside

verb
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.

subside

intransitive verb
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 subside (audio) , ˈsəb-​səd-​ən(t)s How to pronounce subside (audio) \ noun

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