Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Recede \Re*cede"\ (r[=e]*s[=e]d"), v. t. [Pref. re- + cede. Cf. Recede, v. i.] To cede back; to grant or yield again to a former possessor; as, to recede conquered territory.
Recede \Re*cede"\ (r[-e]*s[=e]d"), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Receded; p. pr. & vb. n. Receding.] [L. recedere, recessum; pref. re- re- + cedere to go, to go along: cf. F. rec['e]der. See Cede.]
To move back; to retreat; to withdraw.
Like the hollow roar Of tides receding from the insulted shore.
All bodies moved circularly endeavor to recede from the center.
To withdraw a claim or pretension; to desist; to relinquish what had been proposed or asserted; as, to recede from a demand or proposition.
Syn: To retire; retreat; return; retrograde; withdraw; desist.
become faint or more distant; "the unhappy memories of her childhood receded as she grew older"
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
vb. 1 To move back; to retreat; to withdraw. 2 To cede back; to grant or yield again to a former possessor. 3 To take back.
Usage examples of "recede".
But when his pure and proper divinity had been established on the ruins of Arianism, the faith of the Catholics trembled on the edge of a precipice where it was impossible to recede, dangerous to stand, dreadful to fall and the manifold inconveniences of their creed were aggravated by the sublime character of their theology.
Now that she has learned her family truths, her ailurophobia seems to have receded.
If Anele desired her protection, he would wait for her when his distress receded.
As the shadows receded amid a fragrant waft of incense smoke, the Master used a second key to unlock the second of the aumbries, from which he brought out a stoppered flask of alabaster and a miniature silver chalice.
His hand went in through the blackboard, following the swift line he had been drawing, and which had receded in.
Only when it had receded far to the south did Bozo emerge from his place of concealment.
He looked around curiously, smiled a hello at Cranston and receded into the background as Brodder and Owen entered.
The little vessel continued to beat its way seaward, and the ironclads receded slowly towards the coast, which was hidden still by a marbled bank of vapour, part steam, part black gas, eddying and combining in the strangest way.
As their footsteps receded down the jetty, Steve Cowan got to his feet.
To those watching, he simply seemed to enter the middle distance, dimmish, and recede until the eye could no longer fix on his point.
For one moment all the shouts and the dinning of hooves receded into a blur of sound.
These disappearances are directly tied to the loss of marine influences as the epicontinental seas receded from the region.
In spite of the throbbing exertions of the engines of the little paddle-boat, and the pouring foam that her wheels flung behind her, she receded with terrifying slowness from this ominous advance.
Placido Geist sat his horse in the flat morning sunlight, the tableland receding to an infinite weary distance even as the horizon appeared to draw closer.
Greg Grom was thinking these things as the muffled sounds of the violently self-destructing Lincoln Continental reached him and then receded.