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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.
  3. 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 formssub·sid·ence [suhb-sahyd-ns, suhb-si-dns] /səbˈsaɪd ns, ˈsʌb sɪ dns/, nounsub·sid·er, nounnon·sub·sid·ing, adjectiveun·sub·sid·ed, adjectiveun·sub·sid·ing, adjective
Can be confusedsubside subsistsubsidence subsistence

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Antonyms for subside

1. rise. 2. increase. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for subsiding

Contemporary Examples of subsiding

Historical Examples of subsiding

  • "I wanted only to know where I am," Tolto replied, subsiding meekly.

    The Martian Cabal

    Roman Frederick Starzl

  • She and d'Alcacer up there seemed to dominate the tumult which was now subsiding.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

  • In the roll of thunder, swelling and subsiding, he whispered in his ear a sarcastic: "Of course!"


    Joseph Conrad

  • These subsiding, she viewed the matter from its business aspect.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • Save for subsiding bubbles, and the bogus water, there was nothing there.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

British Dictionary definitions for subsiding


verb (intr)
  1. to become less loud, excited, violent, etc; abate
  2. to sink or fall to a lower level
  3. (of the surface of the earth, etc) to cave in; collapse
  4. (of sediment, etc) to sink or descend to the bottom; settle
Derived Formssubsider, noun

Word Origin for subside

C17: from Latin subsīdere to settle down, from sub- down + sīdere to settle
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Word Origin and History for subsiding



1680s, "to sink to the bottom," from Latin subsidere "settle, sink, sit down or remain," from sub "down" (see sub-) + sidere "to settle," related to sedere (see sedentary). Meaning "to sink to a lower level, be reduced" is from 1706. Related: Subsided; subsiding.

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