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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Cubs infielder Javier Baez was happy to report Monday his left elbow was merely swollen as much of the pain subsided a day after getting drilled by a pitch from the Cardinals’ Jack Flaherty. Mark Gonzales,, "Cubs' Javier Baez: Hit by pitch part of game," 18 June 2018 Milan were said to be interested in acquiring him last summer when Gianluigi Donnarumma appeared close to the exit door, but their interest subsided once the Italian committed his future to the Serie A side., "Watford Considering Move for Sevilla's €15m Rated Goalkeeper Sergio Rico," 14 June 2018 The bitterness between the organization and Fedorov — and fans and Fedorov — appeared to subside in 2015 when he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Should Detroit Red Wings retire Sergei Fedorov's No. 91? It's time.," 12 July 2018 That'll begin to subside once the Valley sees significant precipitation. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Smog or fog? Nah. That's dust in the Phoenix area," 9 July 2018 Some of the crowds were expected to subside around dinnertime, as families headed home and night visitors came out, Weston said. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "‘A screeching halt.’ Forest Fair crowds snarl traffic between Anchorage and Girdwood," 8 July 2018 After peak monsoon season subsides in August, cyclone season begins. Laignee Barron, Time, "Landslides and Flooding Threaten 200,000 Rohingya Refugees as Monsoon Rains Lash Into Bangladesh Camps," 15 June 2018 But prices retreated Monday after tensions in Syria appeared to subside in the wake of the relatively restrained Western airstrikes. Alison Sider, WSJ, "Oil Settles Higher," 17 Apr. 2018 The water table under Beijing had been subsiding at an alarming rate of between one and three metres a year because of pumping from wells. The Economist, "China has built the world’s largest water-diversion project," 5 Apr. 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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