verb (used without object), subsided, subsiding.
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.

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

subsidence [suhb-sahyd-ns, suhb-si-dns] , noun
subsider, noun
nonsubsiding, adjective
unsubsided, adjective
unsubsiding, adjective

1. subside, subsist ; 2. subsidence, subsistence.

1. decline, descend, settle. 2. diminish, lessen, wane, ebb.

1. rise. 2. increase. Unabridged
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subside (səbˈsaɪd)
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
[C17: from Latin subsīdere to settle down, from sub- down + sīdere to settle]

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Word Origin & History

1681, "to sink to the bottom," from L. subsidere "settle, sink, sit down or remain," from sub "down" + sidere "to settle," related to sedere (see sit). Meaning "to sink to a lower level, be reduced" is from 1706.
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Example sentences
Cruise ship operator should prosper if hurricane and terrorism fears subside.
His lower back would give him fits, and then the pain would subside.
For reasons that scientists still do not comprehend, every few years the trade
  winds subside or even disappear.
Come fall, when the mosquitoes and temperatures subside, sloggers wade in.
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