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recede
used in The Poisonwood Bible

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)
  • And to the east of us, behind the river, a rising rumple of dark green hills folded on each other like a great old tablecloth, receding to pale hazy blue.
    Book 1 — Genesis (33% in)
  • His dark half-dome forehead and gravely receding hairline emphasized a broad face, broad chest and shoulders, and enormously muscular arms.
    Book 3 — Judges (58% in)
  • I could tell the river was receding from its rainy-season flood by its peculiar rank smell and all the driftwood stranded along its banks.
    Book 5 — Exodus (12% in)

There are no more uses of "recede" in The Poisonwood Bible.

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