- 1Become less intense, violent, or severe: I’ll wait a few minutes until the storm subsidesMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Lapse into silence or inactivity: Fred opened his mouth to protest again, then subsidedMore example sentences
- 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 ariseMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1(Of the ground) cave in; sink: the island is subsidingMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.2(Of a swelling) reduce until gone: it took seven days for the swelling to subside completelyMore example sentences
- 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').