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Definition of recede verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they recede
    he / she / it recedes
    past simple receded
    -ing form receding
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  1. 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. 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. 3[intransitive] (of hair) to stop growing at the front of the head a middle-aged man with receding hair/a receding hairline
  4. 4[intransitive] a receding chin a chin that slopes backward toward the neck
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: recede