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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
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  • A good many fell, subsiding peacefully, and lying quite still.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • The war had periods of flare-up and periods in which it seemed to be subsiding.

    Watch the Sky James H. Schmitz
  • "I—I killed him," breathed Mabel, subsiding with a deep, satisfied sigh.

    The Castaways of Pete's Patch Carroll Watson Rankin
  • The pan was subsiding from the incline of a sea to the level of the trough.

    Harbor Tales Down North Norman Duncan
  • She could not speak quite yet, but her sobs were subsiding under his soothing.

    Alone Marion Harland
  • She and d'Alcacer up there seemed to dominate the tumult which was now subsiding.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • Some days later, when gossip on the subject was subsiding, a fresh scandal revived it.

    An Unsocial Socialist George Bernard Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for subsiding


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 subsiding



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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