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subside

[suh b-sahyd] /səbˈsaɪd/
verb (used without object), subsided, subsiding.
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
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin subsīdere, equivalent to sub- sub- + sīdere to sit, settle; akin to sedēre to be seated; see sit1
Related forms
subsidence
[suh b-sahyd-ns, suhb-si-dns] /səbˈsaɪd ns, ˈsʌb sɪ dns/ (Show IPA),
noun
subsider, noun
nonsubsiding, adjective
unsubsided, adjective
unsubsiding, adjective
Can be confused
subside, subsist.
subsidence, subsistence.
Synonyms
1. decline, descend, settle. 2. diminish, lessen, wane, ebb.
Antonyms
1. rise. 2. increase.
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Examples for subsides
  • In the dead of night conversation subsides, and the mind is content to wander.
  • The leader and others stroke his body until the trembling subsides.
  • But as a result, many customers have been waiting on the sidelines until the chaos subsides.
  • Eventually the wind pressure subsides and the water starts to flow back, creating a similar push in the opposite direction.
  • The crescendo of calls is quite loud but subsides quickly before the rest of the lemurs get going.
  • Depending to region, the government subsides the solar power installation.
  • It subsides and flares up, often before bed or when changing clothes.
  • As the image loses definition over time, the emotional sting subsides as well.
  • When the full moon subsides, the blackening of her fingers does too.
  • The peatland subsides and the ditches become shallower.
British Dictionary definitions for subsides

subside

/səbˈsaɪd/
verb (intransitive)
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 Forms
subsider, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin subsīdere to settle down, from sub- down + sīdere to settle
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Word Origin and History for subsides
subside
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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