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 subsidence (audio) , 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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Once the flames subside, a scattering of herbs brings the production to a close. Charlotte Druckman, WSJ, "Steak Diane: So Retro, So Right Now," 7 June 2018 Once the danger subsides, seclusion should end, the federal government advises. Washington Post, "A photo emerges and a Va. school system’s use of seclusion comes under scrutiny," 26 May 2018 All students who contracted norovirus were asked to either stay home or in their residence halls for 72 hours once their symptoms had subsided. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "Western Connecticut State University Closes Monday After Norovirus Sickens 100 Students," 23 Apr. 2018 Once the weather has subsided, the bridge will be inspected and then reopened to traffic. Evan Bush, The Seattle Times, "Wind, waves close westbound I-90 bridge over Lake Washington," 18 Feb. 2018 And once the seas subside, next week will bring new weather woes. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "If your weekend plans involve going outside, plan to hold on tight," 26 Jan. 2018 Most hamstrings injuries can be treated with RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) and doctors will likely clear the player once the pain has subsided and strength is >90% of the contra-lateral side. SI.com, "Injury Analysis: Everything You Need to Know About Dybala’s Hamstring Injury in 1 Minute," 7 Jan. 2018 Long-term investors may profit from scooping up eurozone government bonds, clipping the coupons and waiting for the political noise to subside. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "Eurozone Squabbles Are a Problem for Stocks, Not Bonds," 22 Oct. 2018 Scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory hope to reconnect with the rover when the dust storm subsides. Richard Tribou, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Giant mountain on Mars rises above massive dust storm," 5 July 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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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.
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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