When something recedes, it gradually goes away or decreases in size. The ocean recedes as the tide goes out.

  • The recession has caused a lot of businesses to go bankrupt.

  • The recession has caused the stock market to recede.

Definition of recedes


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 recedes

  • 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.