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

     

    subside

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 2[intransitive] (of water) to go back to a normal level The flood waters gradually subsided.
  3. 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.
  4. Word Origin late 17th cent.: from Latin subsidere, from sub- ‘below’ + sidere ‘settle’ (related to sedere ‘sit’).
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