To recede is to move backwards, to go down or away. The water was receding into the ocean, and the land was becoming more and more distant.

  • The company is going to have to recede because they are losing money every month.

  • The recession is receding, and the economy is starting to recover.

Definition of receding


a slow or gradual disappearance




the act of becoming more distant




(of a hairline e.g.) moving slowly back

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Example Sentences for receding

  • 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.