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recede
used in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

4 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)
  • They saw the future as something that came upon them from behind their backs with the past receding away before their eyes.
    Afterward (2% in)
  • But as time recedes ahead and the perspective surrounding the book grows larger, a somewhat more detailed answer becomes possible.
    Afterward (15% in)
  • The receding Ancient Greek perspective of the past ten years has a very dark side: Chris is dead.
    Afterward (39% in)
  • As we went over the whole decision in detail one last time, there was a kind of dissociation, as though my wife started to recede while we sat there talking.
    Afterward (84% in)

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