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recede

Verb

1 pull back or move away or backward; "The enemy withdrew"; "The limo pulled away from the curb" [syn: withdraw, retreat, pull away, draw back, pull back, retire, move back]
2 move back and away from; "The enemy fell back" [syn: fall back, retire] [ant: advance]
3 retreat [syn: fall back, lose, drop off, fall behind] [ant: gain]
4 become faint or more distant; "the unhappy memories of her childhood receded as she grew older"

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English

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. to move back, to move away
  2. to take back

Synonyms

Derived terms

Translations

to move back

Old English

Pronunciation

/ˈreʧede/

Verb form

reċede
  1. First- and third-person singular preterite of reċċan (or the preterite subjunctive).

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abate, back, back up, backslide, bate, close, cock, decline, depart, die away, diminish, drain, drift away, dwindle, ebb, fade, fade away, fall astern, fall back, fall behind, get behind, go, go away, go backwards, go behind, jerk back, lapse, lessen, lose ground, move away, move off, pull away, pull back, recidivate, regress, relapse, retire, retract, retreat, retrocede, retroflex, retrograde, retrogress, return, revert, shrink, sink, slip back, stand off, subside, taper, wane, widen the distance, withdraw
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