One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘I'll wait a few minutes until the storm subsides’
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
2‘the ground was still waterlogged after the flood had subsided’
recede, ebb, fall back, flow back, fall away, fall, go down, get lower, sink, sink lower
3‘the molten core of a volcano subsides into the earth’
sink, sink back, settle, cave in, fall in, collapse, crumple, give way, drop down, sag, slump
4‘Sarah subsided into a chair’
slump, flop, sink, sag, slouch, loll, fall back, collapse, settle
informal flump, plonk oneself, plop oneself
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