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recede
used in The Memory Keeper’s Daughter

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)
  • Voices swelled as people drew near, then receded, scraps of conversation drifting like bits of paper borne on the wind.
    p. 243.0
  • Whatever Al was saying receded, merging with Leo's footsteps upstairs and the rush of traffic outside, sounds that Caroline would forever afterward remember as being lucky.
    p. 104.9
  • Coral, he realized, from the trip to Aruba, brain coral with its flesh receded, leaving only the intricate skeletal framework.
    p. 215.3

There are no more uses of "recede" in The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.

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