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

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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 While flooding had subsided on South Lake Avenue by Sunday evening, Morse and Buchanan streets and a portion of Canal Park Drive remained closed, the city reported. Adelie Bergstrom, Twin Cities, "Storm dumps nearly 2 feet of snow on Duluth and other parts of the Northland," 1 Dec. 2019 Tensions have eased and street violence has subsided considerably since the vote. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "China Condemns U.S. Over Hong Kong. That Won’t Stop Trade Talks.," 28 Nov. 2019 And Netflix stock, which had a rough few months in advance of this fall’s launches, actually started climbing in mid-November—suggesting that panic over a mass exodus to its new competitors has already subsided. Judy Berman, Time, "The Streaming Wars Are Finally in Full Swing—And the First Casualties Are Coming Into View," 25 Nov. 2019 The café was quiet; the town’s morning bustle had long since subsided, its wash of tourists receded. Tessa Hadley, The New Yorker, "The Bunty Club," 21 Oct. 2019 On Great Abaco Island, residents emerged to gasp at the incredible devastation as high winds remained but the rain had subsided. Patrick Oppmann, Madeline Holcombe And Jason Hanna, CNN, "The death toll in the Bahamas is likely to rise as Hurricane Dorian recovery begins, authorities say," 4 Sep. 2019 Violence, which had subsided for many years, has ticked up recently, notably after the killing of a charismatic militant leader in 2016. The Economist, "Modi’s revocation of Kashmir’s autonomy," 9 Aug. 2019 The most bellicose rhetoric from Kim’s government, which Trump matched in kind, has indeed subsided. Los Angeles Times, "North Korea is a no-show at Asian summit, snubbing Trump administration again," 4 Aug. 2019 Although peak snow runoff has subsided, many rivers and streams are still flowing higher and faster than people might expect, the news release said. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Body of teen girl swept away in Roaring Fork River found," 1 Aug. 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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The first known use of subside was in 1607

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7 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Subside.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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How to pronounce subside (audio)

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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