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[ri-seed] /rɪˈsid/
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.
Origin of recede1
1470-80; < Latin recēdere to go, fall back, equivalent to re- re- + cēdere to withdraw, go; see cede
5. retire, retreat.


[ree-seed] /riˈsid/
verb (used with object), receded, receding.
to cede back; yield or grant to a former possessor.
1765-75; re- + cede Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for recede
  • Actually, if you take one forward and two back, you slowly recede.
  • Because they recede they make a shallow space seem deeper.
  • Others argue that the structure and financing of academe itself have encouraged philosophers to recede from view.
  • Ceiling panels are divided into jagged shards, and pieces of wall jut out or recede.
  • As the horizon of a release date continued to recede, the atmosphere at the company's offices grew increasingly unpleasant.
  • It seemed to advance and to recede as the hail drove before it denser or thinner.
  • So the galaxies recede from one another because the space between them is expanding.
  • Subtle shifts in average temperature increase both downpours and droughts while glaciers slowly recede.
  • But, as the world's glaciers recede, melting ice is also contributing to the rise in sea levels.
  • Whether the individual reproduces or not, as prime reproductive years recede it becomes less relevant.
British Dictionary definitions for recede


verb (intransitive)
to withdraw from a point or limit; go back: the tide receded
to become more distant: hopes of rescue receded
to slope backwards: apes have receding foreheads
  1. (of a man's hair) to cease to grow at the temples and above the forehead
  2. (of a man) to start to go bald in this way
to decline in value or character
(usually foll by from) to draw back or retreat, as from a promise
Word Origin
C15: from Latin recēdere to go back, from re- + cēdere to yield, cede
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Word Origin and History for recede

early 15c., from Middle French receder, from Latin recedere "to go back, fall back; withdraw, depart, retire," from re- "back" (see re-) + cedere "to go" (see cede). Related: Receded; receding.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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