Definition of recede verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    recede

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪˈsiːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsiːd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they recede
    BrE BrE//rɪˈsiːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsiːd//
     
    he / she / it recedes
    BrE BrE//rɪˈsiːdz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsiːdz//
     
    past simple receded
    BrE BrE//rɪˈsiːdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsiːdɪd//
     
    past participle receded
    BrE BrE//rɪˈsiːdɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsiːdɪd//
     
    -ing form receding
    BrE BrE//rɪˈsiːdɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈsiːdɪŋ//
     
    Styling hair
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to move gradually away from somebody or away from a previous position The sound of the truck receded into the distance. She watched his receding figure.
  2. 2[intransitive] (especially of a problem, feeling or quality) to become gradually weaker or smaller The prospect of bankruptcy has now receded (= it is less likely). The pain was receding slightly.
  3. 3[intransitive] (of hair) to stop growing at the front of the head a middle-aged man with receding hair/a receding hairline See related entries: Styling hair
  4. 4[intransitive] a recede chin a chin that slopes backwards towards the neck
  5. Word Origin late 15th cent. (in the sense ‘depart from a usual state or standard’): from Latin recedere, from re- ‘back’ + cedere ‘go’.Extra examples His footsteps receded into the distance. The January flood waters receded as fast as they had risen. The pain was gradually receding. The water receded back to its mysterious depths. These worries now receded from his mind.
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