What does subside mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. subside, lessenverb

    wear off or die down

    "The pain subsided"

  2. subsideverb

    sink to a lower level or form a depression

    "the valleys subside"

  3. subside, settleverb

    sink down or precipitate

    "the mud subsides when the waters become calm"

  4. sink, subsideverb

    descend into or as if into some soft substance or place

    "He sank into bed"; "She subsided into the chair"


  1. subsideverb

    To sink or fall to the bottom; to settle, as lees.

  2. subsideverb

    To tend downward; to become lower; to descend; to sink.

  3. subsideverb

    To fall into a state of quiet; to cease to rage; to be calmed; to settle down; to become tranquil; to abate.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To SUBSIDEverb

    To sink; to tend downwards.

    Etymology: subsido, Latin.

    He shook the sacred honours of his head
    With terror trembled heav’ns subsiding hill,
    And from his shaken curls ambrosial dews distill. Dryden.

    Now Jove suspends his golden scales in air,
    Weighs the mens wits against the lady’s hair;
    The doubtful beam long nods from side to side:
    At length the wits mount up, the hairs subside. Alexander Pope.


  1. subside

    Subside generally means to become less intense, severe, or strong. It can also refer to the sinking or lowering of a land form or structure, or gradually diminishing or reducing in intensity, strength, or speed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Subsideverb

    to sink or fall to the bottom; to settle, as lees

  2. Subsideverb

    to tend downward; to become lower; to descend; to sink

  3. Subsideverb

    to fall into a state of quiet; to cease to rage; to be calmed; to settle down; to become tranquil; to abate; as, the sea subsides; the tumults of war will subside; the fever has subsided

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Subside

    sub-sīd′, v.i. to settle down: to settle at the bottom: to fall into a state of quiet: to sink to a lower level: (coll.) to cease talking, to take a less prominent place.—ns. Subsī′dence (also Sub′sidence), Subsī′dency, act or process of subsiding, settling, or sinking. [L. subsidĕresub, down, sidĕre, to settle.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of subside in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of subside in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of subside in a Sentence

  1. Bricklin Dwyer:

    Our view is that we get a pretty clear signal that the first-quarter soft patch was just that, a temporary soft patch that will subside and we will get a bit of a bounce back.

  2. Lance Armstrong:

    Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.

  3. Nicholas Smith:

    The panic is starting to subside, so, instead of being intensely focused on China, people are starting to look more broadly at the international picture, and, the rest of the developed world seems to be chugging along reasonably well outside of some problems in commodities nations and emerging markets. North America and Europe are doing just fine and that's what really drives things as far as Japan is concerned--the shopping malls of rich nations.

  4. Anchorman Pavel Lobkov:

    As the economic crisis deepens, this mood will subside. People will start asking questions (like) why life is so bad, is it really that the United States is really to blame for everything.

  5. Andrew Barber:

    As we see volatility subside in the bond market and what seems to be an orderly withdrawal from the fixed-income market before a shift in policy, there is less fear among equity market investors.

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  • disminuirSpanish
  • laskeutua, painua, vajota, rauhoittua, laantua, tyyntyäFinnish
  • tomberFrench
  • sìolaidhScottish Gaelic
  • कम होनाHindi
  • surutIndonesian
  • abbassarsi, sedare, ridurre, ridursi, quietarsi, scendere, calare, calmarsi, sprofondare, discendere, abbassareItalian
  • 가라앉다Korean
  • sedeoLatin
  • whakamahuru, whakamauruMāori
  • milderen, kalmeren, zinken, zakken, verlagen, dalen, bezinkenDutch
  • esvaziarPortuguese
  • успокоиться, уняться, спадать, опускаться, успокаиваться, спасть, осесть, оседать, униматься, опуститьсяRussian
  • lägga sig, lugna sig, avta, dö bortSwedish

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    the transportation of people (as a family or colony) to a new settlement (as after an upheaval of some kind)
    • A. suffering
    • B. rogue
    • C. downsizing
    • D. relocation

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