Thesaurus

recede

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of recede

  1. 1 to grow less in scope or intensity especially gradually the sound of sirens receded as the fire engines roared off into the distance Synonyms of recede abate, decline, de-escalate, die (away or down or out), diminish, drain (away), drop (off), dwindle, ease, ebb, fall, fall away, lessen, let up, lower, moderate, pall, phase down, ratchet (down) also rachet (down), decrease, relent, remit, shrink, subside, taper, taper off, waneWords Related to recede compress, condense, constrict, contract; evaporate, fade (away), fritter (away), give out, melt (away), peter (out), tail (off), vanish; slacken, slow (down); alleviate, relax; flag, sink, weaken; cave (in), collapse, deflateNear Antonyms of recede appear, emerge, show up; blow up, distend, elongate, lengthenAntonyms of recede accumulate, balloon, build, burgeon (also bourgeon), enlarge, escalate, expand, grow, increase, intensify, mount, mushroom, pick up, rise, snowball, soar, swell, wax

  2. 2 to move back or away (as from something difficult, dangerous, or disagreeable) after the rain stops, the floodwaters should gradually recede Synonyms of recede back away, drop back, fall back, pull out, retreat, retire, withdrawWords Related to recede flee, fly; flinch, recoil, shrink; chicken (out); bow out; back down, backpedal, backtrack, climb down; detach, disengage, disentangle, pull away; abandon, depart, evacuate, go, leave, quit, vacateNear Antonyms of recede beard, brave, brazen, breast, confront, dare, defy, face, outbraveAntonyms of recede advance

Synonym Discussion of recede

recede, retreat, retract, back mean to move backward. recede implies a gradual withdrawing from a forward or high fixed point in time or space.
    • the flood waters gradually receded
retreat implies withdrawal from a point or position reached.
    • retreating soldiers
retract implies drawing back from an extended position.
    • a cat retracting its claws
back is used with up, down, out, or off to refer to any retrograde motion.
    • backed off on the throttle


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