What does recede mean?

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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.

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

  2. recedeverb

    To take back.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Recedeverb

    to move back; to retreat; to withdraw

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

  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

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

  3. Recedeverb

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

    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. Transportation Secretary Yassmin Gramian:

    Where necessary, we remain in disaster relief mode and we're ensuring our teams have what they need, as the waters recede, we will conduct post-flood road and bridge assessments and conduct bridge inspections when condition warrants.

  2. 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.

  3. Seth Shostak:

    The sightings always recede to the edge of what technology allows you to do, the aliens are kind of keeping pace with technology.

  4. John Carey:

    The trade situation is worrisome but nothing more is going to happen right away. This story may recede in people's consciousness while current stories capture people's interests, particularly earnings, people are looking for some fairly strong earnings, and there's certainly potential for disappointment.

  5. Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves:

    We don't anticipate the situation to end any time soon. It will be days before we are out of the woods and the water starts to recede.

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