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recede1

[ri-seed] /rɪˈsid/
verb (used without object), receded, receding.
1.
to go or move away; retreat; go to or toward a more distant point; withdraw.
2.
to become more distant.
3.
(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).
4.
to slope backward:
a chin that recedes.
5.
to draw back or withdraw from a conclusion, viewpoint, undertaking, promise, etc.
Origin of recede1
1470-1480
1470-80; < Latin recēdere to go, fall back, equivalent to re- re- + cēdere to withdraw, go; see cede
Can be confused
recede, reseed.
Synonyms
5. retire, retreat.

recede2

[ree-seed] /riˈsid/
verb (used with object), receded, receding.
1.
to cede back; yield or grant to a former possessor.
Origin
1765-75; re- + cede
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  • It is reddish in color, and is receding from the earth at the rate of eight miles per second.

    A Field Book of the Stars William Tyler Olcott
  • Sir Donald feels that past worries are receding into waning retrospect.

    Oswald Langdon Carson Jay Lee
  • Gradually, but very slowly, the moon is receding from us, and the month is becoming longer.

    Pioneers of Science Oliver Lodge
  • It is receding from the earth at the rate of twelve miles per second.

    A Field Book of the Stars William Tyler Olcott
  • It is a mysterious tide, ever rising and ever receding; it is the power of death, and it is the power of life.

    The Heavenly Father Ernest Naville
British Dictionary definitions for receding

recede

/rɪˈsiːd/
verb (intransitive)
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.
  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
5.
to decline in value or character
6.
(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 receding

recede

v.

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.

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