[ suhb-sahyd ]
See synonyms for: subsidesubsidedsubsidessubsiding on

verb (used without object),sub·sid·ed, sub·sid·ing.
  1. to sink to a low or lower level.

  2. to become quiet, less active, or less violent; abate: The laughter subsided.

  1. to sink or fall to the bottom; settle; precipitate: to cause coffee grounds to subside.

Origin of subside

First recorded in 1640–50; from Latin subsīdere, from sub- sub- + sīdere “to sit down, settle” (see also sit1)

Other words for subside

Opposites for subside

Other words from subside

  • sub·sid·ence [suhb-sahyd-ns, suhb-si-dns], /səbˈsaɪd ns, ˈsʌb sɪ dns/, noun
  • sub·sid·er, noun
  • non·sub·sid·ing, adjective
  • un·sub·sid·ed, adjective
  • un·sub·sid·ing, adjective

Words that may be confused with subside Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use subside in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for subside


/ (səbˈsaɪd) /

  1. to become less loud, excited, violent, etc; abate

  2. to sink or fall to a lower level

  1. (of the surface of the earth, etc) to cave in; collapse

  2. (of sediment, etc) to sink or descend to the bottom; settle

Origin of subside

C17: from Latin subsīdere to settle down, from sub- down + sīdere to settle

Derived forms of subside

  • subsider, noun

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