used in The Memory Keeper’s Daughter
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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)
- Voices swelled as people drew near, then receded, scraps of conversation drifting like bits of paper borne on the wind.
- 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.
- Coral, he realized, from the trip to Aruba, brain coral with its flesh receded, leaving only the intricate skeletal framework.
There are no more uses of "recede" in The Memory Keeper’s Daughter.