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.
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Origin of recede1
verb (used with object), re·ced·ed, re·ced·ing.
Origin of recede2
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(tr) to restore to a former owner
to withdraw from a point or limit; go backthe tide receded
to become more distanthopes of rescue receded
to slope backwardsapes have receding foreheads
- (of a man's hair) to cease to grow at the temples and above the forehead
- (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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