- 1Go or move back or further away from a previous position: the floodwaters had receded his footsteps receded down the corridorMore example sentences
- But yesterday villagers chose to party and have a good time, as they could do nothing more than wait until the flood waters had receded.
- Flood waters are receding in some parts of the Midwest, but still rising in others.
- I heard her voice recede as her mouth moved farther from the phone.
- 1.1 (usually as adjective receding) (Of a facial feature) slope backwards: a slightly receding chinMore example sentences
- Use a beard to minimize a soft or receding or overly prominent chin.
- Few people realize that a receding chin is quite easily amenable to corrective surgery.
- You might be self-conscious about a feature such as a receding chin or a large nose, which makes the face look unbalanced, or maybe mother nature simply didn't give you quite what you wanted.
- 1.2 (recede from) • archaic Withdraw from (a promise or agreement): he felt no inclination to recede from the agreement into which he had enteredMore example sentences
- Within a few months of his swearing the oath that he was to break in so many ways, the President receded from both these pledges.
- Should you unilaterally decide to recede from the internship agreement 20 days or more before the start date of internship, you forfeit an administrative fee of €200.
- Some purchasers have warned they would consider receding from the contract if the company fails to deliver the planes in the near term.
- 2(Of a quality, feeling, or possibility) gradually diminish: the prospects of an early end to the war recededMore example sentences
- People who were hanging on in the hope of benefiting from a cash injection of some kind have seen that possibility recede with the failure of these actions.
- The cost of fixed-rate mortgages is coming down as the threat of a rise in interest rates recedes - and that's good news for the many thousands of borrowers who are coming to the end of a cheap fixed deal.
- But with each fresh act of violence, that hope recedes.
- 3(Of a man’s hair) cease to grow at the temples and above the forehead: his dark hair was receding a little (as adjective receding) a receding hairlineMore example sentences
- His hair was receding at the front and he had a high forehead.
- His white hair has receded; his stomach is bulkier; his English has improved.
- As I neared them, I could see that the man's blonde hair was receding and he was dressed rather conservatively.
late 15th century (in the sense 'depart from a usual state or standard'): from Latin recedere, from re- 'back' + cedere 'go'.