Definition of recede in English:


Line breaks: re¦cede
Pronunciation: /rɪˈsiːd


[no object]
  • 1Go or move back or further away from a previous position: the floodwaters had receded his footsteps receded down the corridor
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    • 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.
    retreat, go back, move back, move further off, move away, withdraw; ebb, subside, go down, abate, fall back, sink
    rare retrocede
  • 1.1 (usually as adjective receding) (Of a facial feature) slope backwards: a slightly receding chin
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    • 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 entered
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    • 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.
  • 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 hairline
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    • 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'.

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