- to sink to a low or lower level.
- to become quiet, less active, or less violent; abate: The laughter subsided.
- to sink or fall to the bottom; settle; precipitate: to cause coffee grounds to subside.
Origin of subside
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1. decline, descend, settle. 2. diminish, lessen, wane, ebb.
1. rise. 2. increase.
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Examples from the Web for subside
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And then, as the tremors begin to subside, Miyazaki cuts to a close-up of the ground: gray pebbles, a green weed.Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises’: An Anime Icon Bows Out
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Once that happens, the pressure this fiasco is putting on the GOP will subside.Dems, Seize the Moment and Negotiate Now
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But the sense of loss is sickening and the shock has not begun to subside.Michael Hastings, R.I.P.
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Here the Colonel paused to wait for the shouting and the hat-throwing to subside.Southern Lights and Shadows
Nevertheless, the excitement created by the draft did not subside at once.Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
But for all that his exaltation did not subside, but assumed a higher pitch.The Downfall
My brother has money of his own, enough to subside on comf'tably, if he wanted to do it.Thankful's Inheritance
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She waited motionless, till his passion should subside, still holding his hands.David Elginbrod
- to become less loud, excited, violent, etc; abate
- to sink or fall to a lower level
- (of the surface of the earth, etc) to cave in; collapse
- (of sediment, etc) to sink or descend to the bottom; settle
C17: from Latin subsīdere to settle down, from sub- down + sīdere to settle
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Word Origin and History for subside
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