[ suhb-sahyd ]
/ səbˈsaɪd /

verb (used without object), sub·sid·ed, sub·sid·ing.

to sink to a low or lower level.
to become quiet, less active, or less violent; abate: The laughter subsided.
to sink or fall to the bottom; settle; precipitate: to cause coffee grounds to subside.

Origin of subside

1640–50; < Latin subsīdere, equivalent to sub- sub- + sīdere to sit, settle; akin to sedēre to be seated; see sit1

Related forms

Can be confused

subside subsistsubsidence subsistence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for subsidence (1 of 2)


/ (səbˈsaɪdəns, ˈsʌbsɪdəns) /


the act or process of subsiding or the condition of having subsided
geology the gradual sinking of landforms to a lower level as a result of earth movements, mining operations, etc

British Dictionary definitions for subsidence (2 of 2)


/ (səbˈsaɪd) /

verb (intr)

to become less loud, excited, violent, etc; abate
to sink or fall to a lower level
(of the surface of the earth, etc) to cave in; collapse
(of sediment, etc) to sink or descend to the bottom; settle

Derived Forms

subsider, noun

Word Origin for subside

C17: from Latin subsīdere to settle down, from sub- down + sīdere to settle
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Medicine definitions for subsidence


[ səb-sīdns, sŭbsĭ-dns ]


Sinking or settling in a bone, as of a prosthetic component of a total joint implant.
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