Re·cede v. i. [imp. & p. p. Receded; p. pr. & vb. n. Receding.]
1. To move back; to retreat; to withdraw.
Like the hollow roar
Of tides receding from the insulted shore. --Dryden.
All bodies moved circularly endeavor to recede from the center. --Bentley.
2. To withdraw a claim or pretension; to desist; to relinquish what had been proposed or asserted; as, to recede from a demand or proposition.
Syn: -- To retire; retreat; return; retrograde; withdraw; desist.
adj 1: moving toward a position farther from the front; "the
receding glaciers of the last ice age"; "retiring fogs
revealed the rocky coastline" [syn: retiring]
2: (of a hairline e.g.) moving slowly back [syn: receding(a)]
n 1: a slow or gradual disappearance [syn: fadeout]
2: the act of becoming more distant [syn: recession]