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[suh b-sahyd] /səbˈsaɪd/
verb (used without object), subsided, subsiding.
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
1640-50; < Latin subsīdere, equivalent to sub- sub- + sīdere to sit, settle; akin to sedēre to be seated; see sit1
Related forms
[suh b-sahyd-ns, suhb-si-dns] /səbˈsaɪd ns, ˈsʌb sɪ dns/ (Show IPA),
subsider, noun
nonsubsiding, adjective
unsubsided, adjective
unsubsiding, adjective
Can be confused
subside, subsist.
subsidence, subsistence.
1. decline, descend, settle. 2. diminish, lessen, wane, ebb.
1. rise. 2. increase. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • I requested the clergyman to sit down, and, as soon as he did so, the storm began to subside.

    Caesar's Column Ignatius Donnelly
  • An hour afterwards the swelling began to subside, and the danger was past.

  • They agreed that Jake Shambler would have to be taught a severe lesson if his freshness did not subside soon.

    For the Honor of Randall Lester Chadwick
  • Toward morning the paroxysms appeared to reach a climax and then to subside.

    'Me-Smith' Caroline Lockhart
  • The waters remain stationary for about twelve days, and then very gradually begin to subside.

British Dictionary definitions for subside


verb (intransitive)
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
Derived Forms
subsider, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin subsīdere to settle down, from sub- down + sīdere to settle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for subside

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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