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

Other Words from subside

subsidence \ səb-​ˈsī-​dᵊn(t)s How to pronounce subside (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Major river flooding is expected in parts of central Florida into next week, but swells seen in the Southeast should subside over the weekend. Christine Fernando, USA TODAY, 2 Oct. 2022 The number of flight cancellations caused by staff shortages should soon subside, but wintry weather is leading to new problems for flyers around the country. Christopher Quinn, ajc, 3 Jan. 2022 The pain should subside in a few days without intervention. Jeff Gaudette, Outside Online, 12 Oct. 2021 But the interest in seeking them won’t subside, no matter how grisly the details. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 16 Sep. 2022 But in some cases, the challenges did not subside, and neither did the expectations. Bob Helbig, Orlando Sentinel, 16 Sep. 2022 But once Tuesday hits, the airport madness might subside. Peter Greenberg, CBS News, 1 Sep. 2022 In the vast majority of cases, the symptoms of Tomato Flu will subside on their own after a few days with no specific medications. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 25 Aug. 2022 Only when the Fed raised interest rates substantially above inflation for several years in the early 1980s, provoking two deep recessions, did inflation finally subside. John H. Cochrane, WSJ, 24 Aug. 2022 See More

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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 Oct 2022

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“Subside.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/subside. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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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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