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Princeton's WordNet

  1. withdraw, retreat, pull away, draw back, recede, pull back, retire, move backverb

    pull back or move away or backward

    "The enemy withdrew"; "The limo pulled away from the curb"

  2. fall back, lose, drop off, fall behind, recedeverb


  3. recedeverb

    become faint or more distant

    "the unhappy memories of her childhood receded as she grew older"


  1. recedeverb

    To move back, to move away.

  2. recedeverb

    To take back.

  3. Etymology: From receder, from recedere, from re- with cedere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Recedeverb

    Etymology: recedo, Latin.

    A deaf noise of sounds that never cease,
    Confus’d and chiding, like the hollow roar
    Of tides, receding from th’ insulted shoar. Dryden.

    Ye doubts and fears!
    Scatter’d by winds recede, and wild in forests rove. Matthew Prior.

    All bodies, moved circularly, have a perpetual endeavour to recede from the center, and every moment would fly out in right lines, if they were not violently restrained by contiguous matter. Richard Bentley.

    I can be content to recede much from my own interests and personal rights. Charles I .

    They hoped that their general assembly would be persuaded to depart from some of their demands; but that, for the present, they had not authority to recede from any one proposition. Edward Hyde, b. viii.


  1. recede

    To recede means to move back or away from a certain point, limit, or level, often in a gradual or subtle way. It can refer to physical movement, such as when a tide or floodwaters recede. It can also be used metaphorically to describe various types of withdrawal or diminishment.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recedeverb

    to move back; to retreat; to withdraw

  2. Recedeverb

    to withdraw a claim or pretension; to desist; to relinquish what had been proposed or asserted; as, to recede from a demand or proposition

  3. Recedeverb

    to cede back; to grant or yield again to a former possessor; as, to recede conquered territory

  4. Etymology: [Pref. re- + cede. Cf. Recede, v. i.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Recede

    rē-sēd′, v.i. to go or fall back: to retreat: to bend or tend in a backward direction: to withdraw: to give up a claim.—v.t. to cede back, as to a former possessor.—adj. Reced′ing, sloping backward. [L. recedĕre, recessum—re-, back, cedĕre, to go.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of recede in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of recede in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of recede in a Sentence

  1. Igor Dmitryuk:

    There will be a lot of standing water as the floods recede which heightens the risk of disease, particularly in urban areas, we need to be vigilant to avert any public health crisis, particularly as further rains are forecast with the start of the monsoon.

  2. Karen Ward:

    Oil is a game-changer, as inflation picks up the fear of getting into a Japan-style deflation rut will recede. But underlying growth is still fairly subdued so this rise in oil price won't be leading to any rampant inflationary pressure.

  3. The IMF:

    The FCL arrangement reinforces Poland's buffers against external risks. The lower access is appropriate in light of somewhat lower risks and the improvement in Poland's fundamentals, the authorities intend to continue to treat the arrangement as precautionary and to gradually exit from the FCL once external risks recede.

  4. Selina Crosby Tisdale:

    We're still waiting to crest, and then we have to wait for water levels to recede. It's going to take days until we get to that point.

  5. Joe Biden:

    I truly believe we've made extraordinary progress by laying a new foundation for our economy, which becomes clear once global inflation begins to recede.

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