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 subside (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 The owner of Kay Jewelers and Zales agreed to buy Diamonds Direct USA Inc. from Blackstone Inc. and other shareholders for $490 million, betting on a robust return of the US bridal business as pandemic restrictions subside., 13 Oct. 2021 Like a Frenchmen Street song stuck in an ear or a taste stuck in your memory as much as on the tongue, there is a lingering feeling from New Orleans Pelicans media day that just will not subside. Christopher Dodson, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 The venue gets little use these days, but would be a magnet for major music artists touring through Texas, especially as concerns about the pandemic fully subside, officials said. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 17 Sep. 2021 Seal agreed that things might not be quite the same as before, particularly if the impact of the delta variant doesn’t subside over the next couple of weeks. Steve Megargee,, 31 Aug. 2021 As the euphoria from the Ravens’ 36-35 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs began to subside Monday morning, the Ravens were at work on the next phase of building their team. Mike Preston,, 21 Sep. 2021 Yet on Wednesday, another report showed the roaring surge in consumer prices began to subside in July — albeit holding at a 13-year high over the 12-month period. Anneken Tappe, CNN, 12 Aug. 2021 But in the days following the legislative session, rumors of the agriculture commissioner’s entrance into the field began to subside. Dallas News, 22 June 2021 Even after the virus began to subside in 2021, working from home remained in place. Caroline Lee, Forbes, 4 June 2021

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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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“Subside.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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.


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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