I. intransitive verb (receded; receding) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin recedere to go back, from re- + cedere to go Date: 15th century 1. a. to move back or away ; withdraw <
a receding hairline
b. to slant backward 2. to grow less or smaller ; diminish, decrease <
a receding deficit
Synonyms: recede, retreat, retract, back mean to move backward. recede implies a gradual withdrawing from a forward or high fixed point in time or space <
the flood waters gradually receded
. retreat implies withdrawal from a point or position reached <
retreating soldiers
. retract implies drawing back from an extended position <
a cat retracting its claws
. back is used with up, down, out, or off to refer to any retrograde motion <
backed off on the throttle
. II. transitive verb Etymology: re- + cede Date: 1771 to cede back to a former possessor

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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