- 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 recede1
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5. retire, retreat.
- to cede back; yield or grant to a former possessor.
Origin of recede2
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Examples from the Web for recede
He is six feet and 201 pounds and has brown hair that is beginning to recede at the temples.Gordie Howe Hockey’s Greatest War Horse
May 31, 2014
She was briefly outed by Red as a mole and then allowed to recede into the background again.‘The Blacklist’ Is Dead Without the Psychotic Red
March 31, 2014
My guess is that in the final moments of the season the supernatural elements of the show will recede.How ‘True Detective’ Will End
March 3, 2014
The Qataris need to recede from the stage, Kabul will never trust them.Karzai’s Temper Tantrum
June 20, 2013
It is petty, but his constant railing against human nature reminds one of King Canute ordering the tide to recede.A New Obama
January 22, 2013
In short, things have gone so far that I cannot recede; because—things have gone so far.'Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
The Cabinet will recede more and more from our principles, our party.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
Unlike any other wall with which he had had experience, this wall seemed to recede from him as he approached.White Fang
Nor are we disposed to recede from our assertion made in Sec.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
Moreover, the task was half-accomplished, and it would be idle to recede now.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
- 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
C15: from Latin recēdere to go back, from re- + cēdere to yield, cede
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Word Origin and History for recede
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