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[suh b-sahyd] /səbˈsaɪd/
verb (used without object), subsided, subsiding.
to sink to a low or lower level.
to become quiet, less active, or less violent; abate:
The laughter subsided.
to sink or fall to the bottom; settle; precipitate:
to cause coffee grounds to subside.
1640-50; < Latin subsīdere, equivalent to sub- sub- + sīdere to sit, settle; akin to sedēre to be seated; see sit1
Related forms
[suh b-sahyd-ns, suhb-si-dns] /səbˈsaɪd ns, ˈsʌb sɪ dns/ (Show IPA),
subsider, noun
nonsubsiding, adjective
unsubsided, adjective
unsubsiding, adjective
Can be confused
subside, subsist.
subsidence, subsistence.
1. decline, descend, settle. 2. diminish, lessen, wane, ebb.
1. rise. 2. increase. Unabridged
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Examples for subsided
  • Officials said the total could go into the hundreds before the city's epidemic subsided.
  • Ian watched stone-faced, and waited until the samba subsided.
  • But it has slowly subsided and is now down to pre-Lehman levels, a sign that investor confidence is returning.
  • It subsided almost as quickly as it began, however, and tonight anxiety here for the three fliers was keen.
  • My platelets finally increased and my weakness subsided.
  • It helps of course that the talk of imminent euro break-up has subsided a bit.
  • They take turns standing sentry over the town, barking to indicate whether danger looms or has subsided.
  • And when the pain subsided for a moment, he was racked with nausea and diarrhea.
  • Vicious sandstorms that had cut visibility and virtually eliminated close air support of ground troops subsided.
  • The horses' panic subsided to what looked to be anxious resignation.
British Dictionary definitions for subsided


verb (intransitive)
to become less loud, excited, violent, etc; abate
to sink or fall to a lower level
(of the surface of the earth, etc) to cave in; collapse
(of sediment, etc) to sink or descend to the bottom; settle
Derived Forms
subsider, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin subsīdere to settle down, from sub- down + sīdere to settle
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Word Origin and History for subsided
1681, "to sink to the bottom," from L. subsidere "settle, sink, sit down or remain," from sub "down" + sidere "to settle," related to sedere (see sit). Meaning "to sink to a lower level, be reduced" is from 1706.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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