re cede


1 [ri-seed]
verb (used without object), receded, receding.
to go or move away; retreat; go to or toward a more distant point; withdraw.
to become more distant.
(of a color, form, etc., on a flat surface) to move away or be perceived as moving away from an observer, especially as giving the illusion of space. Compare advance ( def 15 ).
to slope backward: a chin that recedes.
to draw back or withdraw from a conclusion, viewpoint, undertaking, promise, etc.

1470–80; < Latin recēdere to go, fall back, equivalent to re- re- + cēdere to withdraw, go; see cede

5. retire, retreat. Unabridged


2 [ree-seed]
verb (used with object), receded, receding.
to cede back; yield or grant to a former possessor.

1765–75; re- + cede Unabridged
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recede (rɪˈsiːd)
1.  to withdraw from a point or limit; go back: the tide receded
2.  to become more distant: hopes of rescue receded
3.  to slope backwards: apes have receding foreheads
4.  a.  (of a man's hair) to cease to grow at the temples and above the forehead
 b.  (of a man) to start to go bald in this way
5.  to decline in value or character
6.  (usually foll by from) to draw back or retreat, as from a promise
[C15: from Latin recēdere to go back, from re- + cēdere to yield, cede]

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Word Origin & History

1480, from M.Fr. receder, from L. recedere "to go back, withdraw," from re- "back" + cedere "to go" (see cede).
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