Definition of subside in US English:

subside

verb

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  • 1Become less intense, violent, or severe.

    ‘I'll wait a few minutes until the storm subsides’
    • ‘The original burst of gunfire had subsided to two-way salvos, with one side firing far more rounds than the other.’
    • ‘The pain in her ankle had subsided to nothing more than a dull pain, and she could walk on it now with no difference other than a slight limp.’
    • ‘Calls came from not far away but I stayed silent, as my sobbing subsided to light hiccups, that soon grew faint.’
    • ‘Then Doctor Gregori was finished and the pain subsided to a dull throb.’
    • ‘The rain had suddenly subsided to a slight drizzle; fishing for his Marlboros and lighter in the other pocket, he slowly lit a cigarette.’
    • ‘Soon, the activity within the manor had subsided to an even drone.’
    • ‘Along with the warm sunshine, the cruel headwinds of Bank Holiday Monday subsided to a light breeze.’
    • ‘My bawling subsided to soft sobs, then to just sniffles.’
    • ‘After muchos medication and sleep, it finally subsided to a regular migraine by about 7pm.’
    • ‘The pain in my arm had subsided to a dull throb and we both fell asleep straight away, completely exhausted.’
    • ‘On the plus side, that meant her back was stronger and the pain had subsided to the point where she could bowl again.’
    • ‘The numbness spread quickly, and after I'd cleaned the cut the blood subsided to an ooze.’
    • ‘The pain in my feet had subsided to a dull, throbbing pain.’
    • ‘As days and weeks passed, the hostility turned to resentment, which in turn subsided to mild grumpiness.’
    • ‘She pulled them on; her tears now subsided to sniffles.’
    • ‘The pour had subsided to a drizzle, and it was getting a whole lot less windy.’
    • ‘But after a minute, the pain had subsided to a dull throb.’
    • ‘The normal bustling activity of the place had subsided to a murmur by this time of night.’
    • ‘They had waited all morning for a violent sandstorm to subside, but fear of being caught in the crossfire prompted Daham to leave despite the bad weather.’
    • ‘After several minutes, the pain subsided to a dull ache in my rib cage.’
    abate, let up, moderate, quieten down, calm, lull, slacken, slacken off, ease, ease up, relent, die down, die out, peter out, taper off, recede, lessen, soften, alleviate, attenuate, remit, diminish, decline, dwindle, weaken, fade, wane, ebb, still, cease, come to a stop, come to an end, terminate
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    1. 1.1 Lapse into silence or inactivity.
      ‘Fred opened his mouth to protest again, then subsided’
      • ‘Its initial hisses of displeasure subside to contented silence.’
      • ‘Her coughing had subsided for the moment and she had lapsed into much needed sleep.’
      • ‘When the faint tinkling of forks on china started to subside, I polished off the last few golden drops and headed back into the gathering.’
      • ‘The soft mumble of laughter and talk began to subside as I felt myself fall deeper.’
      • ‘When the noise subsides, I fall into conversation with the young man on my left.’
  • 2(of water) go down to a lower or the normal level.

    ‘the floods subside almost as quickly as they arise’
    • ‘Residents of St John's Trace said it may take days before the water subsides.’
    • ‘He said several drains had been unblocked, but flood waters would subside as the drains took more.’
    • ‘The Love Street pitch had apparently been like an inland sea only 48 hours before kick-off but apart from a couple of extended patches of sand the waters had subsided.’
    • ‘As the waters subside, there has been a growing chorus of voices among environmental activists that the flooding in Europe and Asia could be linked to global climate change.’
    • ‘It was not until the evening of last Friday that the water level began to subside.’
    • ‘The water rapidly subsided back to normal levels leaving me on a falling building.’
    • ‘But for the victims, the misery did not end when the waters subsided.’
    • ‘The major problem according to Fisheries Scientists is not so much fish getting washed away but those that get stranded on the Ings land are unable to find a route back to the river when the water subsides.’
    • ‘But choppy waters subside, and the sharks and the little fishes and the roosters should be aware of this.’
    • ‘The animals had already retreated into their jungle homes, and the water had subsided.’
    • ‘Apparently the water has subsided but that section of Huaihai Lu was still closed to traffic today at the time of this posting.’
    • ‘When the waters subsided, leaving just a pathway on the river bank, grocery people used to drive or cycle to the mill, then walk to our house to take orders for food from my mother.’
    • ‘Rehabilitation and repairing of the infrastructure damages would be another huge task when the water subsides.’
    • ‘As the water levels subsided, the Duke of York made a flying visit to the flood zone, which extended to Stamford Bridge over the border in the East Riding and beyond to Elvington, near York.’
    • ‘When the waters subsided, Greg started searching for his new wife and helped pull two men out of the wreckage and rescue an unconscious girl as he scoured the town.’
    • ‘All sorts of debris, dead stock, etc., were discovered when the waters subsided.’
    • ‘Fortunately for now, most of that flood water has subsided from that point.’
    • ‘When water levels subside and water stops flowing from the Main Pool, the carp disperse.’
    • ‘Mr Curry said Avoca Street and Steindle Road were also flooded, but the water subsided quickly and they were not closed off.’
    • ‘The flood water subsided within an hour, leaving Mr and Mrs Ingram with soggy carpets to dry out.’
    recede, ebb, fall back, flow back, fall away, fall, go down, get lower, sink, sink lower
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    1. 2.1 (of the ground) cave in; sink.
      ‘the island is subsiding’
      • ‘At some point the volcanic island subsides enough for it to submerge, leaving an atoll behind.’
      • ‘So, that whole platform of south Louisiana is subsiding; it's sinking.’
      • ‘The 47-year-old had parked up at 6pm on Tuesday, when neighbours saw the ground beginning to subside beneath the car.’
      • ‘When those pillars burn through and collapse, the ground above the mine subsides.’
      • ‘The problem of tunnel collapse will cause the land above the tunnel to subside especially when the excavation is carried out at shallow depth and in weak and soft soils.’
      sink, sink back, settle, cave in, fall in, collapse, crumple, give way, drop down, sag, slump
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    2. 2.2 (of a swelling) reduce until gone.
      ‘it took seven days for the swelling to subside completely’
      • ‘Shortly after injection with the epinephrine, the rash and itching completely subsided.’
      • ‘The cast was removed for the first time after 7 days, when most of the swelling had subsided.’
      • ‘You should bear in mind that although wrinkles or scars may subside after only one laser session, more sessions may be needed to complete the therapy.’
      • ‘She dislocated both knee caps and her legs swelled so much she was evacuated to Germany until the swelling subsided.’
      • ‘During periods of disease exacerbation, however, the amount and type of fiber may have to be decreased until overt inflammation subsides.’
      • ‘Luckily, the swelling subsided after less enthusiastic treatment.’
      • ‘Speaking of which, the skin that was bruised gleamed in a sickly yellowish hue, but the swelling has subsided at least.’
      • ‘Her swelling had subsided and her eyes no longer looked puffy.’
      • ‘Definitive therapy is root canal treatment or extraction, which in selected cases may be delayed until swelling has subsided.’
      • ‘It is unclear if it is the same knee that hampered him a short time ago and he will undergo tests later this week when the swelling subsides.’
      • ‘The swelling around the punctures subsided even more, but I guess that could have been due to the antibiotics I was stoking myself with.’
      • ‘If treated quickly, the swelling usually would subside, but not without excruciating pain.’
      • ‘I've seen arthritic swelling subside within minutes after the stings were administered.’
      • ‘Then she was ordered to change her clothes and sweep up her shorn tresses before the house was locked and she was told she would be kept inside until her bruises subsided.’
      • ‘After 3 to 7 days, testicular pain and swelling subside, usually at about the same time that the fever passes.’
      • ‘I laid across the couch about an hour later, watching my ankle as the swelling subsided.’
      • ‘But after prescribing a special bath of roots and leaves that I bathed in every morning, the swelling of my body subsided.’
      • ‘Patients should be instructed to use sublingual nitroglycerin every five minutes until the pain subsides, and to seek medical attention if the pain is not relieved after three doses.’
      • ‘Once your period starts, the swelling subsides and your breasts return to normal.’
      • ‘I arrived late to first period history because I had remained in the restroom until the swelling had subsided.’

Origin

Late 17th century: from Latin subsidere, from sub- ‘below’ + sidere ‘settle’ (related to sedere ‘sit’).

Pronunciation

subside

/səbˈsīd//səbˈsaɪd/