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recede
used in The Great Gatsby

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Definition
to move away or diminish (become less)
The exact meaning of recede depends upon 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" — diminished hair (each year the line where hair stops growing is higher)
  • 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 farther... and one fine morning — So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
    p. 180.9
recedes = moves away; or retreats from
There are no more uses of "recede" in The Great Gatsby.

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