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verb [intransitive] recede pronunciation in British English /rɪˈsiːd/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlereceding
past tensereceded
past participlereceded
  1. 1
    to move back from a high point or level
    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
  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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