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subside

[suh b-sahyd] /səbˈsaɪd/
verb (used without object), subsided, subsiding.
1.
to sink to a low or lower level.
2.
to become quiet, less active, or less violent; abate:
The laughter subsided.
3.
to sink or fall to the bottom; settle; precipitate:
to cause coffee grounds to subside.
Origin of subside
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin subsīdere, equivalent to sub- sub- + sīdere to sit, settle; akin to sedēre to be seated; see sit1
Related forms
subsidence
[suh b-sahyd-ns, suhb-si-dns] /səbˈsaɪd ns, ˈsʌb sɪ dns/ (Show IPA),
noun
subsider, noun
nonsubsiding, adjective
unsubsided, adjective
unsubsiding, adjective
Can be confused
subside, subsist.
subsidence, subsistence.
Synonyms
1. decline, descend, settle. 2. diminish, lessen, wane, ebb.
Antonyms
1. rise. 2. increase.
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  • Here the Colonel paused to wait for the shouting and the hat-throwing to subside.

  • Nevertheless, the excitement created by the draft did not subside at once.

  • But for all that his exaltation did not subside, but assumed a higher pitch.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • My brother has money of his own, enough to subside on comf'tably, if he wanted to do it.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • She waited motionless, till his passion should subside, still holding his hands.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for subside

subside

/səbˈsaɪd/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to become less loud, excited, violent, etc; abate
2.
to sink or fall to a lower level
3.
(of the surface of the earth, etc) to cave in; collapse
4.
(of sediment, etc) to sink or descend to the bottom; settle
Derived Forms
subsider, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin subsīdere to settle down, from sub- down + sīdere to settle
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Word Origin and History for subside
v.

1680s, "to sink to the bottom," from Latin subsidere "settle, sink, sit down or remain," from sub "down" (see sub-) + sidere "to settle," related to sedere (see sedentary). Meaning "to sink to a lower level, be reduced" is from 1706. Related: Subsided; subsiding.

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