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1 to become worse or of less value
  • the fortunes of the town slowly ebbed as factory after textile factory closed

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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

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The first known use of ebb was before the 12th century

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“Ebb.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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