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Her unhappy childhood memories receded as she grew older.
  to move away or diminish

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The exact meaning of recede is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "We can’t move back in until the floodwaters recede." — diminish and move away
  • "Her fear receded." — diminished
  • "The waves first advance and then recede." — move away
  • "The news story receded into the background as it was replaced by new stories." — received diminished attention
  • "a receding hairline" — each year the hair stops higher on the forehead
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  • Her unhappy childhood memories receded as she grew older.
  • The pain is beginning to recede.
  • The tide is receding.
  • He has a receding hairline.

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  • And he could smell the sharp odour of exposed kelp from the receding tide.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • As soon as the cold water hit his stomach he felt the hunger sharpen, as it had before, and he stood and held his abdomen until the hunger cramps receded.
    Gary Paulsen  --  Hatchet
  • Her mother’s voice, the feel of home, receded for the moment, and her thoughts turned forward.
    Natalie Babbitt  --  Tuck Everlasting
  • For a second, Mr. Sir’s pain seemed to recede.
    Louis Sachar  --  Holes
  • It would be so hard for him to recede into the background . . .
    Reginald Rose  --  Twelve Angry Men
  • Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter — tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms fartherů and one fine morning — So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby

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  • Gradually, the cool air receded and it was stifling again.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • My eyes grow heavy, and I close them again as the fire recedes.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • I feel myself nodding and her face recedes.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • Those shining orange lights pulsed now, flaring and receding, flaring and receding, as if the hideous thing actually had a heart somewhere inside.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • The redness in his face has receded until it’s only his ears that are red.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • In the side mirror, I track the skyline (the receding skyline—isn’t that what they write in Victorian novels where the doomed heroine is forced to leave her ancestral home?
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • I breathe evenly, trying to keep the tears at bay, and when it finally recedes, I feel exhausted.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • The air grew clearer as they made their way deeper into the mountain, the taint of fog and demons slowly receding until Clary was breathing more easily than she had since they had come to this realm.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • His headache receded a bit.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • It was early evening—the fields receding into a pink invisibility as they rose back into the horizon.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • After the accident, it was like their voices were receding.
    Gayle Forman  --  Where She Went
  • The ward recedes behind the red curtain.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Or Central America, once the water recedes.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • When the waters receded, they found their home and school destroyed: their furniture, carpets, books, clothes and the audio system entirely caked in thick foul-smelling mud.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • I should’ve been overjoyed, but I hardly felt anything, just a spreading numbness as the trembling pain of the Feeling receded.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • And they turned and began to trudge back the way we’d come, receding into the fog.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Always, always you recede through the evenings towards where the twilight goes erasing statues.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • While the rate declined in the 1990s as the shadows cast by the Vietnam War began to recede, it has picked up again as a result of the military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • But another part of me was drawn to that same receding, that awful, singular stillness of flesh one notices before the first stroke of the knife.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Fish were found captured in the badminton nets when the flood receded a week later.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • But I take it as a sign that the pain from the stinger must be receding if there’s room for me to feel other sensations like smoke irritation.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • She chewed her lip as the tears in her eyes receded, leaving a haunting emptiness in their wake.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • A slow methodical march, twenty-five guys in costume receding in the distance.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • The voices receded down the pathway, rising again in the darkness beyond.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • The cloud was receding.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • When the water receded, it would tug at us, and Timothy’s strength would fight against it.
    Theodore Taylor  --  The Cay
  • Early that afternoon, they came across the first evidence that the desert was receding a few stunted trees near a shallow pool of muddy water.
    Linda Sue Park  --  A Long Walk to Water
  • Except for her receding chin Turtle Wexler looked every inch the witch, her dark unbraided hair streaming wild in the wind from under her peaked hat, a putty wart pasted on her small beaked nose.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • The terrible isolation and loneliness that had plagued me receded.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • I insisted on keeping the door to the trailer open so that I could watch as Mai and Quang-ha receded into the distance.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • Framed in the doorway was a bespectacled man with receding grey hair, who blinked at them, then stuck out his hand at Bod, and smiled nervously, and said, "You must be Miss Perkins’s mysterious friend.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • But I turned back around anyway, and I looked west down our street at the receding line of black mailboxes.
    Edward Bloor  --  Tangerine
  • "Yite," he says softly as the city recedes into the distance.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • Around two curves the land opened up as the trees receded and Puller eyed the sprawling two-story stucco and stone building.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • A lightship with twin beacons glides past as America recedes; ahead wait the great glittering prairies of the Atlantic.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Everything seems to zoom back, recede away at once.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • And the rebellion and Father Huismans’s death receded fast.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • "I have a knack for poking my big schnoz into places where it has no business," he said, as she watched the rosy flush of embarrassment recede from his face.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • At first there’s nothing; just a receding darkness, like a tunnel.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • He looked about ten years older than me and had receding brown hair that he wore shaved close.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
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