- 1[intransitive] to move gradually away from someone, or away from a previous position The sound of the truck receded into the distance. She watched his receding figure.
- 2 [intransitive] (especially of a problem, feeling, or quality) to become gradually weaker or smaller The prospect of bankruptcy had now receded (= it was less likely). The pain was receding slightly.
- 3[intransitive] (of hair) to stop growing at the front of the head a middle-aged man with receding hair/a receding hairline
- 4[intransitive] a receding chin a chin that slopes backward toward the neck
NAmE//rɪˈsid//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they recede
he / she / it recedes
past simple receded
-ing form receding