One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the tide ebbed in the afternoon’
recede, go out, retreat, flow back, draw back, fall back, fall away, abate, subside
2‘his courage began to ebb’
diminish, dwindle, wane, fade away, melt away, peter out, decline, die away, die down, die out, flag, let up, lessen, decrease, weaken, dissolve, disappear, come to an end
deteriorate, decay, degenerate
1‘the rocks were revealed by the ebb of the tide’
receding, going out, flowing back, retreat, retreating, drawing back, abating, subsiding
2‘they welcomed the ebb of the fighting’
abatement, subsiding, easing, waning, dwindling, petering out, dying away, dying down, dying out, fading away, de-escalation, decrease, decline, diminution, diminishing, lessening
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