His hairline began to recede when he was in his forties.
- 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.
intransitive verb-·ced′ed, -·ced′ing
- to go or move back from a former position: flood waters receded
- to draw back, resulting in less of something behind: said as of a boundary: a receding hairline, receding coastline
- 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 of recedeClassical Latin recedere: see re- and cede
transitive verb-·ced′ed, -·ced′ing
intransitive verbre·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 away from a point of reference: a man with a chin that recedes.
- To become or seem to become more distant and fainter or less distinct: Eventually, my unhappy memories of the place receded.
- To decrease or diminish: Fuel prices will recede after the holiday.
Origin of recedeMiddle English receden from Old French receder from Latin recēdere re- re- cēdere to go ; see ked- in Indo-European roots.
transitive verbre·ced·ed, re·ced·ing, re·cedes
Origin of recedere- cede
(third-person singular simple present recedes, present participle receding, simple past and past participle receded)
From Middle French receder, from Latin recedere (“to withdraw; to go back"), from re- with cedere (“to go").