[ ri-seed ]
/ rɪˈsid /

verb (used without object), re·ced·ed, re·ced·ing.

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 recede

1470–80; < Latin recēdere to go, fall back, equivalent to re- re- + cēdere to withdraw, go; see cede
Can be confusedrecede reseed

Definition for re-cede (2 of 2)


[ ree-seed ]
/ riˈsid /

verb (used with object), re·ced·ed, re·ced·ing.

to cede back; yield or grant to a former possessor.

Origin of recede

First recorded in 1765–75; re- + cede Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for re-cede (1 of 2)


/ (riːˈsiːd) /


(tr) to restore to a former owner

British Dictionary definitions for re-cede (2 of 2)


/ (rɪˈsiːd) /

verb (intr)

to withdraw from a point or limit; go backthe tide receded
to become more distanthopes of rescue receded
to slope backwardsapes have receding foreheads
  1. (of a man's hair) to cease to grow at the temples and above the forehead
  2. (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

Word Origin for recede

C15: from Latin recēdere to go back, from re- + cēdere to yield, cede
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Word Origin and History for re-cede



early 15c., from Middle French receder, from Latin recedere "to go back, fall back; withdraw, depart, retire," from re- "back" (see re-) + cedere "to go" (see cede). Related: Receded; receding.

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