- 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[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[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[intransitive] a recede chin a chin that slopes backwards towards the neck Word Origin late 15th cent. (in the sense ‘depart from a usual state or standard’): from Latin recedere, from re-
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