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verb [intransitive] recede pronunciation in American English /rɪˈsid/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyrecede
he/she/itrecedes
present participlereceding
past tensereceded
past participlereceded
  1. 1
    to move back from a high point or level
    The flood waters receded.
    1. a.
      to move farther away
      The airplane takes off, and we watch the ground recede.
      The sound of footsteps receded into the fog.
    2. b.
      if your hair is receding, less and less of it is growing at the front
      a receding hairline
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  2. 2
    to become less strong or likely
    His pain had receded a little.
    The prospect of victory receded still farther.

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