AskDefine | Define recede

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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"

User Contributed Dictionary




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


Derived terms


to move back

Old English



Verb form

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

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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