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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.
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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  • Economists said the new data showed that the risk of a protracted decline in prices had receded.
  • But concerns about corporate probity have receded of late.
  • When the ocean receded entire communities had disappeared and tens of thousand people were dead.
  • In certain places, the water's edge has receded a full kilometer from the shore.
  • Rescuers said they expected to find more bodies as the waters receded.
  • Fish were raised in the ponds and trapped by wicker fencing when floodwaters receded.
  • And yet at the same time, the power wielded by individual governments in this new arena has receded.
  • The export business, which was at flood tide a year ago, has receded until it is now at the lowest ebb in a long time.
  • In the main, both the fears and the hopes have now receded.
  • In the past couple of years, debates over gender have receded into the realm of the boring.
British Dictionary definitions for receded


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 receded



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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