- 1[intransitive] to become calmer or quieter She waited nervously for his anger to subside. When the rain had subsided we continued our walk. I took an aspirin and the pain gradually subsided. He waited until the laughter had subsided before continuing his story.
- 2[intransitive] (of water) to go back to a normal level The flood waters gradually subsided.
- 3[intransitive] (of land or a building) to sink to a lower level; to sink lower into the ground Weak foundations caused the house to subside.
NAmE//səbˈsaɪd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they subside
he / she / it subsides
past simple subsided
-ing form subsiding