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Multiple Meanings
subside

I couldn’t think clearly until the pain subsided.
settle down (become less active or severe; or sink to a lower level)

More rarely, subside can mean to sink or settle to the bottom as mud will do when muddy water is left undisturbed.

In classic literature, subside may be used as a synonym for sit as in "She subsided into the chair."
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