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Definition of recede
verb [no object]
go or move back or further away from a previous position:the flood waters had receded his footsteps receded down the corridor (of a quality, feeling, or possibility) gradually diminish:the prospects of an early end to the war receded (of a man’s hair) cease to grow at the temples and above the forehead:his dark hair was was receding a little (as adjective receding)a receding hairline (of a man) begin to go bald at the temples or above the forehead:Fred was receding a bit
(usually as adjective receding
) (of a facial feature) slope backward:a slightly receding chin
) archaic withdraw from (an undertaking, promise, or agreement).