subside

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. subserve,
  2. subservient,
  3. subset,
  4. subshell,
  5. subshrub,
  6. subsidence,
  7. subsidiarity,
  8. subsidiary,
  9. subsidiary atrial pacemaker,
  10. subsidiary cell

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 confusedsubside subsistsubsidence subsistence

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British Dictionary definitions for subsiding

subside

/ (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 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

subside

v.

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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