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recede (v.)

early 15c., receden, "to depart, go away," from Old French receder and directly from Latin recedere "to go back, fall back; withdraw, depart, retire," from re- "back" (see re-) + cedere "to go" (from PIE root *ked- "to go, yield"). Related: Receded; receding.

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Definitions of recede from WordNet

recede (v.)
pull back or move away or backward;
Synonyms: withdraw / retreat / pull away / draw back / pull back / retire / move back
recede (v.)
retreat;
Synonyms: fall back / drop off / fall behind
recede (v.)
become faint or more distant;
the unhappy memories of her childhood receded as she grew older
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