- to go or move away; retreat; go to or toward a more distant point; withdraw.
- to become more distant.
- (of a color, form, etc., on a flat surface) to move away or be perceived as moving away from an observer, especially as giving the illusion of space.Compare advance(def 15).
- to slope backward: a chin that recedes.
- to draw back or withdraw from a conclusion, viewpoint, undertaking, promise, etc.
Origin of recede1
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5. retire, retreat.
- to cede back; yield or grant to a former possessor.
Origin of recede2
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Examples from the Web for receding
Manning is a broad man with salt and pepper hair, a receding hairline, and rimless glasses.‘Crazy’ Harlem Pastor Hates on Obama and Gays
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He is a relatively young man with a trim, tight beard and receding hairline.Power Shortages Hit Gaza Maternity Ward
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But six years later, the right-wing talk-radio crowd is receding in relevance as their listeners age out of existence.Obama’s Odd New Pals on Immigration
January 29, 2013
Bennett is youthful and dimpled, a receding hairline the only indication of any worldly experience.Naftali Bennett Wants You!
December 25, 2012
Khushwant Singh: “Despite his receding hairline he is an incredibly handsome young man.”Hold Onto Your Penis
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Besides, did I not reserve a power of receding, as I saw fit?Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
There can be no doubt that the faith in war, and in the Divine guidance of war, is receding.Mountain Meditations
Receding footsteps 81 told him that the constable was leaving.The Coyote
He could barely make out the sodden steps and––they were receding.The Web of the Golden Spider
Frederick Orin Bartlett
Sometimes the forehead is receding, as in apes (19%), or low and narrow (10%).Criminal Man
- to withdraw from a point or limit; go backthe tide receded
- to become more distanthopes of rescue receded
- to slope backwardsapes have receding foreheads
- (of a man's hair) to cease to grow at the temples and above the forehead
- (of a man) to start to go bald in this way
- to decline in value or character
- (usually foll by from) to draw back or retreat, as from a promise
C15: from Latin recēdere to go back, from re- + cēdere to yield, cede
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Word Origin and History for receding
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