- To recede is to diminish or to move back.
- An example of recede is when your hairline starts to move backwards along your head as you grow bald.
- An example of recede is when your feelings of grief or sadness after a loss gradually begin to go away.
recede definition by Webster's New World
- to go or move back: the high water receded
- to withdraw (from): to recede from a promise
- to slope backward
- to become more distant, and hence indistinct: early memories recede
- to become less; diminish: receding prices
Origin: Classical Latin recedere: see re- and amp; cede
recede definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb re·ced·ed, re·ced·ing, re·cedes
- To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark: waited for the floodwaters to recede.
- To slope backward.
- To become or seem to become fainter or more distant: Eventually, my unhappy memories of the place receded.
- To withdraw or retreat.
Origin: Middle English receden, from Old French receder, from Latin recēdere : re-, re- + cēdere, to go; see ked- in Indo-European roots.
transitive verb re·ced·ed, re·ced·ing, re·cedes
Origin: re- + cede.