Meaning of recede


Pronunciation: (ri-sēd'), [key]
— -ced•ed, -ced•ing.
  1. to go or move away; retreat; go to or toward a more distant point; withdraw.
  2. to become more distant.
  3. (of a color, form, etc., on a flat surface) to move away or be perceived as moving away from an observer, esp. as giving the illusion of space. Cf.(def. 15).
  4. to slope backward: a chin that recedes.
  5. to draw back or withdraw from a conclusion, viewpoint, undertaking, promise, etc.


Pronunciation: (rē-sēd'), [key]
— -ced•ed, -ced•ing.
  1. to cede back; yield or grant to a former possessor.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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