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subside

[suh b-sahyd] /səbˈsaɪd/
verb (used without object), subsided, subsiding.
1.
to sink to a low or lower level.
2.
to become quiet, less active, or less violent; abate:
The laughter subsided.
3.
to sink or fall to the bottom; settle; precipitate:
to cause coffee grounds to subside.
Origin of subside
1640-1650
1640-50; < Latin subsīdere, equivalent to sub- sub- + sīdere to sit, settle; akin to sedēre to be seated; see sit1
Related forms
subsidence
[suh b-sahyd-ns, suhb-si-dns] /səbˈsaɪd ns, ˈsʌb sɪ dns/ (Show IPA),
noun
subsider, noun
nonsubsiding, adjective
unsubsided, adjective
unsubsiding, adjective
Can be confused
subside, subsist.
subsidence, subsistence.
Synonyms
1. decline, descend, settle. 2. diminish, lessen, wane, ebb.
Antonyms
1. rise. 2. increase.
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  • A good many fell, subsiding peacefully, and lying quite still.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • She and d'Alcacer up there seemed to dominate the tumult which was now subsiding.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • "I—I killed him," breathed Mabel, subsiding with a deep, satisfied sigh.

    The Castaways of Pete's Patch Carroll Watson Rankin
  • These subsiding, she viewed the matter from its business aspect.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • She could not speak quite yet, but her sobs were subsiding under his soothing.

    Alone Marion Harland
  • Save for subsiding bubbles, and the bogus water, there was nothing there.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • Some days later, when gossip on the subject was subsiding, a fresh scandal revived it.

    An Unsocial Socialist George Bernard Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for subsiding

subside

/səbˈsaɪd/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to become less loud, excited, violent, etc; abate
2.
to sink or fall to a lower level
3.
(of the surface of the earth, etc) to cave in; collapse
4.
(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 subsiding

subside

v.

1680s, "to sink to the bottom," from Latin subsidere "settle, sink, sit down or remain," from sub "down" (see sub-) + sidere "to settle," related to sedere (see sedentary). Meaning "to sink to a lower level, be reduced" is from 1706. Related: Subsided; subsiding.

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