- 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. My laughter soon subsided. The storm gradually subsided.
- 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. Word Origin late 17th cent.: from Latin subsidere, from sub-
BrE BrE//səbˈsaɪd//; NAmE NAmE//səbˈsaɪd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they subside
BrE BrE//səbˈsaɪd//; NAmE NAmE//səbˈsaɪd//he / she / it subsides
BrE BrE//səbˈsaɪdz//; NAmE NAmE//səbˈsaɪdz//past simple subsided
BrE BrE//səbˈsaɪdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//səbˈsaɪdɪd//past participle subsided
BrE BrE//səbˈsaɪdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//səbˈsaɪdɪd//-ing form subsiding
BrE BrE//səbˈsaɪdɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//səbˈsaɪdɪŋ//