used in The Time Machine
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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)
- It seemed to advance and to recede as the hail drove before it denser or thinner.
Chapter 3 (73% in)
- Even my preoccupation about the Time Machine receded a little from my mind.
Chapter 8 (23% in)
- A shallow sandbank had appeared in the sea and the water had receded from the beach.
Chapter 11 (75% in)
There are no more uses of "recede" in The Time Machine.