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verb (used without object),re·ced·ed, re·ced·ing.
  1. to go or move away; retreat; go to or toward a more distant point; withdraw.

  2. to become more distant.

  1. (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).

  2. to slope backward: a chin that recedes.

  3. to draw back or withdraw from a conclusion, viewpoint, undertaking, promise, etc.

Origin of recede

First recorded in 1470–80; from Latin recēdere “to go back, fall back”; equivalent to re- + cede

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Other definitions for recede (2 of 2)

[ ree-seed ]

verb (used with object),re·ced·ed, re·ced·ing.
  1. 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. 2023

How to use recede in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for recede (1 of 2)


/ (rɪˈsiːd) /

  1. to withdraw from a point or limit; go back: the tide receded

  2. to become more distant: hopes of rescue receded

  1. to slope backwards: apes 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

  2. to decline in value or character

  3. (usually foll by from) to draw back or retreat, as from a promise

Origin of recede

C15: from Latin recēdere to go back, from re- + cēdere to yield, cede

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


/ (riːˈsiːd) /

  1. (tr) to restore to a former owner

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