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verb [intransitive] recede pronunciation in British English /rɪˈsiːd/ 
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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 further away

      The plane takes off, and we watch the ground recede.

    2. b.
      if your hair is receding, less and less of it is growing at the front

      a receding hairline

      Synonyms and related words for this sense of recede
  2. 2
    to become less strong or likely

    His pain had receded a little.

    The prospect of victory receded still further.

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