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Definition of "subside" [sub•side]

  • To sink to a lower or normal level. (verb-intransitive)
  • To sink or settle down, as into a sofa. (verb-intransitive)
  • To sink to the bottom, as a sediment. (verb-intransitive)
  • To become less agitated or active; abate. See Synonyms at decrease. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "subside" in a sentence
  • "The calls subside after a couple of days, then start up again a week later."
  • "The academy said children need to rest "physically and cognitively" until symptoms subside, which is usually a week or two."
  • "God's method of arresting the flood and making its waters subside is poetically called a "rebuke" (Ps 76: 6;"