To recede is to move back, to gradually move away from something. When the tide recedes, the water gradually moves away from the shore.

  • The receding tide left behind a wide swath of sand.

  • The receding tide left the ship behind.

Definition of recede


pull back or move away or backward


draw back, move back, pull away, pull back, retire, retreat, withdraw




drop off, fall back, fall behind


become faint or more distant

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Example Sentences for recede

  • 1

    How did it recede to the ground

  • 2

    The evil spirit receded into the ground.

  • 3

    The marshes of the park recede in swamps.

  • 4

    The suggestion was receded after a while.

  • 5

    The waters continued to recede, and the hilltops emerged.

  • 6

    As floodwaters recede, Sandy's death toll grows.

  • 7

    Paolo and Francesca recede into the whirlwind of the second circle.

  • 8

    Flood waters recede from Delaware beaches.

  • 9

    The House of Representatives refused to recede and the bill was lost.

  • 10

    The water on the road began to recede as sewer works.