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recede
used in The Mill on the Floss

3 uses
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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)
  • As for the house, it was not less remarkable; it had a receding centre, and two wings with battlemented turrets, and was covered with glittering white stucco.
    1.9 -- Book 1 Chapter 9 -- To Garum Firs (21% in)
  • Since the centuries when St. Ogg with his boat and the Virgin Mother at the prow had been seen on the wide water, so many memories had been left behind, and had gradually vanished like the receding hilltops!
    1.12 -- Book 1 Chapter 12 -- Mr. and Mrs. Glegg at Home (25% in)
  • Conscientious people are apt to see their duty in that which is the most painful course; and to recede was always painful to Dr. Kenn.
    7.5 -- Book 7 Chapter 5 -- The Last Conflict (15% in)

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