from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To move back or away from a limit, point, or mark: waited for the floodwaters to recede.
- intransitive v. To slope backward.
- intransitive v. To become or seem to become fainter or more distant: Eventually, my unhappy memories of the place receded.
- intransitive v. To withdraw or retreat.
- transitive v. To yield or grant to one formerly in possession; cede (something) back.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To move back, to move away.
- v. To cede back; to grant or yield again to a former possessor.
- v. To take back.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To move back; to retreat; to withdraw.
- intransitive v. To withdraw a claim or pretension; to desist; to relinquish what had been proposed or asserted.
- transitive v. To cede back; to grant or yield again to a former possessor.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To move back; retreat; withdraw; fall away.
- To withdraw an affirmation, a belief, a demand, or the like; turn back or aside.
- To have a backward inclination, slope, or tendency: as, a receding coast-line; a receding chin.
- To cede back; grant or yield to a former possessor: as, to recede conquered territory.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. become faint or more distant
- v. retreat
- v. pull back or move away or backward
Middle English receden, from Old French receder, from Latin recēdere : re-, re- + cēdere, to go.
re- + cede.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French receder, from Latin recedere ("to withdraw; to go back"), from re- with cedere ("to go"). (Wiktionary)