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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Recent Examples on the Web Measuring enthusiasm is an inexact science, but Democrats say their fundraising, volunteer activity and roster of candidates suggest the blue wave has not subsided. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "Virginia’s ‘off-off-year’ elections were once sleepy. And then came Trump.," 14 Sep. 2019 The fighting had subsided when police arrived, and officers have not arrested anyone in connection with the incident. Rebecca Lurye,, "School safety supervisor uses unauthorized pepper spray to disperse fight at Hartford high school," 10 Sep. 2019 Late Friday afternoon, the first chopper took off for Ocracoke once winds subsided to rescue the nearly 800 people trapped there. CBS News, "Dorian still slamming Canada with hurricane-force winds," 8 Sep. 2019 Three months since unrest began in Hong Kong, the rhetoric has shifted to match a rise in violence, strongly signaling there is little chance the conflict will subside in the near future. Los Angeles Times, "News Analysis: ‘Cockroaches’ vs. ‘terrorists': Can Hong Kong protesters and police dial down the rage?," 1 Sep. 2019 Despite the injuries and more than 700 arrests, there is no sign of the protests subsiding. The Economist, "Protesters are fighting for an open society," 20 Aug. 2019 An outbreak of extreme heat across Europe this month is finally subsiding—and it may be headed for the Arctic next. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "3 Things to Watch as Summer Heat Bakes the Arctic," 30 July 2019 When these measures didn’t help her pain subside enough, a specialist referred Nora to pelvic floor physical therapy. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "8 Ways People With Endometriosis Deal With the Pain," 24 Apr. 2019 But Gaza’s Hamas leaders said the rocket fire was accidental and the fighting quickly subsided. Isabel Debre, The Seattle Times, "Israel bombs targets in Gaza as rocket fire resumes," 27 Mar. 2019

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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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26 Oct 2019

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The first known use of subside was in 1607

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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 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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