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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Example sentences
But a more important horizon, the boundary to their great progressive inquiry,
  recedes even as their knowledge advances.
And, of course, the time-consuming plagiarism problem recedes.
In spring, as the ice pack recedes, narwhals push into cracks and holes as they
The river, so laden with sediment that its color reminds me of melted
  chocolate, recedes to its bed.
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