subside

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verb sub·side \ səb-ˈsīd \

Definition of subside

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

play \səb-ˈsī-dᵊn(t)s, ˈsəb-sə-dən(t)s\ noun

Examples of subside in a Sentence

  1. The pain will subside in a couple of hours.

  2. After his anger had subsided, he was able to look at things rationally.

  3. We'll have to wait until the wind subsides.

  4. The road will remain closed until the water subsides.

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Origin and Etymology of subside

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

SUBSIDE Defined for English Language Learners

subside

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Definition of subside for English Language Learners

  • : to become less strong or intense

  • : to move down to a lower level


SUBSIDE Defined for Kids

subside

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verb sub·side \ səb-ˈsīd \

Definition of subside for Students

subsided; subsiding
1 :to become less strong or intense
  • The pain subsided.
  • The storm is beginning to subside.
2 :to become lower :sink
  • The flood subsided.

Medical Dictionary

subside

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intransitive verb sub·side \ səb-ˈsīd \

medical Definition of subside

subsided; subsiding
:to lessen in severity :become diminished
  • the fever subsided

subsidence

play \səb-ˈsīd-ᵊn(t)s, ˈsəb-səd-ən(t)s\ noun


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