Definition of subside in English:

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Pronunciation: /səbˈsīd/


[no object]
1Become less intense, violent, or severe: I’ll wait a few minutes until the storm subsides
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  • Along with the warm sunshine, the cruel headwinds of Bank Holiday Monday subsided to a light breeze.
  • After muchos medication and sleep, it finally subsided to a regular migraine by about 7pm.
  • The pain in my arm had subsided to a dull throb and we both fell asleep straight away, completely exhausted.
abate, let up, quiet down, calm, slacken (off), ease (up), relent, die down, recede, lessen, soften, diminish, decline, dwindle, weaken, fade, wane, ebb
1.1Lapse into silence or inactivity: Fred opened his mouth to protest again, then subsided
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  • Its initial hisses of displeasure subside to contented silence.
  • Her coughing had subsided for the moment and she had lapsed into much needed sleep.
  • When the noise subsides, I fall into conversation with the young man on my left.
2(Of water) go down to a lower or the normal level: the floods subside almost as quickly as they arise
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  • Fortunately for now, most of that flood water has subsided from that point.
  • The water rapidly subsided back to normal levels leaving me on a falling building.
  • The flood water subsided within an hour, leaving Mr and Mrs Ingram with soggy carpets to dry out.
recede, ebb, fall, go down, get lower, abate
2.1(Of the ground) cave in; sink: the island is subsiding
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  • So, that whole platform of south Louisiana is subsiding; it's sinking.
  • The 47-year-old had parked up at 6pm on Tuesday, when neighbours saw the ground beginning to subside beneath the car.
  • At some point the volcanic island subsides enough for it to submerge, leaving an atoll behind.
sink, settle, cave in, collapse, crumple, give way
2.2(Of a swelling) reduce until gone: it took seven days for the swelling to subside completely
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  • Definitive therapy is root canal treatment or extraction, which in selected cases may be delayed until swelling has subsided.
  • After 3 to 7 days, testicular pain and swelling subside, usually at about the same time that the fever passes.
  • Once your period starts, the swelling subsides and your breasts return to normal.


Late 17th century: from Latin subsidere, from sub- 'below' + sidere 'settle' (related to sedere 'sit').

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